After the sloppy performance against Monaco in the Quarter finals I was worried about which Federer would show up today, however I needn’t have been as JesusFed turned up on court immediately. As I said in my Monaco match post, if there’s one player I wanted to get a Fed beatdown today it was Tomas Berdych, the guys a mug (who the hell wears a baseball cap indoors??).
The match got off perfectly for Roger, he broke Berdych in his opening game after setting up an easy winner with a great return of serve. The opening break proved to be enough and Roger held serve extremely comfortably throughout the first set to take it 6-4. Roger hit some remarkable winners in the first set, some dreamy drop shots, and my favourite shot in the whole of tennis the inside in forehand – like Robbie Koenig said on the commentary when Roger hits that shot well you’re in deep trouble. Roger only dropped 6 points on serve in the first set, which shows how dominant he was on the court.
Second Set – More of the same
The first set started exactly like the first with Roger breaking first game, he was playing on another level against Berdych, it was like the total reverse of Cincinnati. The key game was at 4-3 where Roger held to move within one game of the match, in that game he won a crucial point with a trademark backhand wrist flick pass. Nobody, I mean nobody can play that shot on the tour apart from Roger. It’s deadly. At 5-3 Roger earned himself 3 break points and sealed the win with another awesome forehand. 801 career victories allez!
The Reverse of Cincinatti
When Federer met Berdych in Cincinnati earlier this year he had a total off day and Berdych served like a machine. Roger’s game lacked everything that day and he didn’t even create a single break point.
I would say, and I’m pretty confident to say, that that’s the old Roger
Berdych on Federer after his defeat.
Today in Paris however, the tables turned and Federer turned up big time, and when I say Cincinatti reversed, it was exactly that as today it was Berdych who didn’t even get a sniff of a break on the Federer serve.
Federer vs. Berdych Match Stats
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Net Points Won
Break Points Converted
29 of 32 = 91%
7 of 14 = 50%
6 of 6 =100%
3 of 6 = 50%
Berdych back to School
Roger executed the peRFect game plan today against Berdych and he totally nullified the Czechs game. Berdych is known as a power hitter, but it was Roger who dictated play today and hit the bigger shots. He played with great variety and more importantly he returned serve very well, his hit point was so far inside the court and he was constantly pressing to get onto the front foot. It just showed Berdych up for what he is today – one dimensional. And I loved it! Allez les suisse!
Federer vs. Tsonga Final Predictions
Roger will now meet Tsonga in the first Paris final of his career. Tsonga got past Isner just now in 3 close sets, I didn’t watch the match but from my Twitter timeline it looks as though Isner wasted 3 match points and played too tentatively.
Tsonga has won 2 out of the last 3 matches with Federer but Roger got him at the US Open earlier this year with a straight sets victory. I firmly believe Roger will get the job done tomorrow, I picked Tsonga to win the tournament in my predictions post, however, I only said Roger would make the semis, with him making the final in such dominant fashion that goes out the window and I reckon Roger will win in straight sets tomorrow.
If he plays tomorrow like he did against Berdych then I give the Frenchman zero chance. Roger just has to play with variety and it’ll be over quickly. I predict 6-2 6-4. Go Roger!