We’re underway in Rotterdam and Federer got off to a routine start dispatching Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-1 in just 58 minutes to setup a second round tie with Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker.
It’s the first time Roger has stepped on court since his loss to Murray at the Australian Open back in January so I was obviously expecting a little rust but it turned out to be a very clinical performance.
The first few games saw Roger struggle to make his first serve and he had to save two break points at 1-2 in the first set as he slipped to 15-40.
Once those were out of the way he never looked back, broke in the next game, followed it up with a love hold and then sealed the set with another break of serve to take it 6-3.
After looking like Zemlja might have made a game of it early on Federer just upped his level a touch an that was more than enough to see out the first set without breaking a set.
Second Set – No Looking Back
Federer is probably the best front runner in the history of the game so after moving into the lead the result was never in doubt.
Zemlja managed to save a break point in the second game of the second set but when he double faulted in his next service game to hand over the break the match was done.
3-1 soon became 4-1 and pretty much in the blink of an eye Roger was shaking Zemlja’s hand at the net winning through 6-3 6-1. Cruiserer.
In terms of analysis there’s nothing to really glean from this match; Roger played well, he clearly likes playing in Rotterdam and I think that definitely bodes well for the rest of the tournament.
Predictions vs. De Bakker
This one should be another routine match for Roger, De Bakker is a talented player who won Junior Wimbledon in 2006 but since joining the main tour he’s not really done much.
Roger has played him once before in the Davis Cup on De Bakker’s favourite surface of clay; that was a straight sets win for Roger so on an indoor court I think there can only be one winner.
I suppose De Bakker will be buoyed by his home crowd but I can’t see him being able to do much damage. Look for Roger to win through 6-2 6-3. Allez les Suisse!