Federer’s Pitch Perfect Match

Under the sign here in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami celebrating the Miami Dolphins stellar team: “Super Bowl 1972 Perfect Season Team 17-0,” Roger Federer pitched his own near-perfect match yesterday in advancing to the Miami Open quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2, 61-minute trouncing of Daniil Medvedev, the Russian 13th seed. It was quite a different opponent in Federer that the 23-year-old, 6-foot-6 Medvedev faced on Wednesday afternoon on the stadium court compared to his opponent on Monday afternoon on Court 1, Riley Opelka.

Although Federer said later in the press conference that he did not use his slice backhand and a fake drop-shot forehand that then morphed into a forehand chip shot approach because of Medvedev’s tall stature, it was the slice and dice ability and variety of Federer that after a 4-4 opening set start, seemed to unnerve the young Russian. Then Federer broke and when facing a 0-40 triple break point situation on his own face at 5-4, Federer somehow eased out of the jam and not only took the first set, but opened with a break of serve in the second set.

At times, it seemed like Federer was toying with Medvedev with his backhand slices and forehand chips that often induced the Russian into missing badly or popping up easy lobs for Federer to dispose of at the net. Federer never smiles on the court; his all-business attitude seems to say, “Serious at work!” Its unknown how much longer Federer will continue to play, but his service games are often over in less than one minute. Afterwards, Federer summarized his play by saying, “I played the right way.”

Next for Federer is the South Floridian Kevin Anderson,, who beat Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year.

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  • Dan Markowitz · March 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    The first person to name all four people in the picture in this post will receive a free pen. Go at it!



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