So Roger recorded his 20th straight victory seeing off Seppi in quite a tough match – 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It’s the first time Fed has dropped a set to Seppi in 7 meetings.
The best way to describe this match for Roger was one of ups and downs, but I was pleased it was more testing than the 2 previous matches which have been exceptionally easy.
Roger started well enough and Seppi only won 16 points in the first set, however in the second set Rogers level dropped off and the errors started flowing as he slipped to 5-1. I also have to hand credit to Seppi, whilst Feds level dropped and he started playing overly ambitious sloppy shots, Seppi upped his game and hit the ball extremely flat. He hits pretty big off the backhand side too. At 5-1 you thought it was nailed on to go to a 3rd set, but Seppi, after securing a double break lost them both and was pegged back to 5-5. Just when it looked like a tie break at worst for Fed, he lost serve again and Seppi took the set 7-5.
The third set in my mind was never in doubt though, and Roger broke in the 3rd game to eventually stroll out a 6-3 5-7 6-4 winner.
Fed will now meet Tsonga for the 8th billion time, or at least it feels that way. Tsonga has been having a good week, and from all accounts played some good stuff today in his win against Albert Ramos so it could be a tough one.
I am looking forward to playing him (Tsonga) again,” said Federer. “I hope it will be a good season for both of us. He’s always a nice guy to see play, and a nice guy off the court as well – so I hope we can live up to expectations.
I’m still picking Federer to win here though, the courts are nice and fast, but I don’t see Tsonga been able to serve through them. The wind may also make it tricky for him to really tee off, which is what he needs to do against Fed to win. I go for another straight sets victory – 6-2 6-4.