ROGER FEDERER NEWS
Roger took the court in near perfect form today against Radu Albot. He lost just 3 games as he flawlessly hit targets and dominated the match winning 6-0, 6-3.
Roger will most likely face a more challenging opponent in the next round but still seems to be looking like the favorite at his hometown tournament!
“I’m extremely happy because I really struggled against him in Miami and he definitely got my attention there. I was basically a point away from losing,” Roger said. “It was important for me to show a reaction to that match and come out with a proper game plan. I think I learned a lot from that match."
Roger needed under an hour today to dominate his 1st round match at his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors Basel Tournament. He beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 with a near flawless match which included 12 aces.
This match marks his 1,500 tour-level match and is looking to add his 102nd title to his record.
Roger's Round of 16 match against David Goffin was not the easiest. The Swiss star had to save 5 set points to battle back in the first set, eventually taking it in a tiebreaker. While the second set was still close, Roger remained in control locking up the win 7-6 (7), 6-4.
"I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today. I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the US Open," said Roger.
He will face Alexander Zverev in the Quarterfinals.
Roger began play at the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai today against Spain's Albert Ramos Viñolas.
He started the match strong and broke twice to take a solid lead but Ramos Viñolas kept the pressure on making the Swiss Star play great offense and defense. Roger came out with the win 6-2, 7-5 which may have seen routine but in 2015, the Spaniard had pulled off the upset to take Roger out early.
“I was thinking about it. Watched highlights. Remember how it felt. I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match,” Roger said. “But he did very well there and things turn very quickly here in Shanghai. Of course that got my attention. I know I also played him another time where I beat him very easily in Wimbledon, but [it] doesn't matter what happened there. Shanghai, in that match, to play him again in the same circumstances, basically I knew [he] could be dangerous, and that's why I'm very pleased how I was able to control the match out there today.”