Big Time Federer News

Friday, August 03, 2012 /by

Seriously, he's the greatest of all time, says some dude in New York.

There was just enough about Roger Federer’s second-round matchup today to make his fans worries. Two days ago, against Alejandro Falla, Federer had squandered a lead and dropped a set. Now he was playing Julien Benneteau, a man who had built, and squandered, his own lead against Federer at Wimbledon less than a month ago. Benneteau won the first two sets that day. With the two men playing best of three today, a start that slow would be enough to put Federer out of the tournament.

Any worries along those lines were put to rest immediately—Federer essentially had this match won by the third point of the second game. Serving at 0-1, 15-15, Benneteau came in on a wide serve and had an easy putaway forehand volley. Except that he didn’t quite put it away. He left it hanging in the middle of the court just long enough for Federer to make a last-ditch break for it, put up a high defensive lob that landed on the baseline, and win the point for 15-30. A minute or so later, Benneteau, rattled, made a routine error and was broken. After that (very typical) piece of opportunistic play, Federer was off to the races. He broke Benneteau four times and didn’t face a break point himself in an exceptionally routine 6-2, 6-2 win.

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