US Open - Awesome Federer steamrolls Monaco
Tue, 06 Sep 10:55:00 2011
With Caroline Wozniacki’s epic win over Svetlana Kuznetsova delaying the start until just before midnight local time, the third seed clearly wanted an early night and wasted little time as he showcased his devastating array of shots alongside some cat-like movement under the lights at New York.
In less than an hour and a half the 16-times Grand Slam champion and five-times US winner broke the Argentine eight times, mostly thanks to a near-perfect display of tennis but with some help from the hapless Monaco, who looked shell-shocked as he lost his serve in the first game.
That set was over in just over a quarter of an hour, with the entire match lasting a cool 82 minutes. At one point Federer held serve with four successive aces, while his opponent barely made any winners all match.
A late shower threatened to derail the Fed Express, but it quickly lifted as he rounded his dominance off with a bagel to set up a tantalising quarter-final clash with flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Mardy Fish earlier.
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"I'm very happy with the way I played," Federer, 30, said afterwards.
"You don't get a chance (to hit a perfect service game) that often. It's only a game, only a few points, but it's sure nice to win that way instead of having to go for a 10-minute game."
Monaco said that Federer was unplayable.
"Roger was playing unbelievable," Monaco he said. "I didn't have time to play. The ball was coming very fast. He was serving unbelievable."
Tsonga may well put up a sterner test - he has won his last two matches against Federer, including remarkable Wimbledon quarter-final comeback from two sets down, although he may feel fatigue from his five-setter against Fish.
"He's a tough player. I've had some really good matches against him," admitted Federer.
"He's an exciting player to watch and to play against."Reda Maher - follow me on Twitter @Reda_Maher / Eurosport