Roger came into this match with a 9-0 head-to-head record against Seppi but Seppi is no mug these days, with an ATP ranking of 23. Roger was struggling on his serve from the start having to save several break points, and at 2-2 he got broken after serving two double faults in the game. Having come off that confidence crushing loss to Robredo Roger was still trying to find his rhythm. This is where playing doubles probably came back to help him. Fortunately he broke right back to even things up at 3-3. In his next service game he was struggling again, having to save two more break points. Then at 4-4 he was in trouble again at 0-30. He gathered himself well however and held serve for a 5-4 lead. Roger then took advantage of a double fault from Seppi in the next game at 15-15 to win the 1st set, after a rally which reminded of Roger at his best.
At 1-0 in the 2nd set Roger came up with some more excellent net play and broke for a 2-0 lead. In the next game he came back from 15-30 to consolidate. Finally at 5-3 Roger was down 0-30 on his serve again but came up with a 2nd serve ace and a 1st serve ace to level at 30-30, and then went on to win the match 6-4, 6-3. It was not the first time Roger’s serve bailed him out in the match. In the end it was a very encouraging performance I thought. The serve found the target when it needed to and there was some very nice net play from Roger. It was tough to come back after a confidence sapping loss to Robredo and play a very competent player in Seppi, and I thought Roger did very well. He had to battle with his confidence in the 1st set but once he won it it boosted his confidence and things went a lot more smoothly in the 2nd set.
Roger now plays Monfils who defeated Pospisil 7-5, 7-6(4). The draw has been pretty kind to Roger again since Gasquet lost in the 1st round, and he should have Monfils under control after the straight set win over Seppi. We know Monfils can play though and has that one win over Roger in Bercy. The overall head-to-head stands at 6-1. Djokovic continued to look in blistering form today as he bageled Granollers 6-2, 6-0. Hopefully Roger can make it to the quarters so I can see how he measures up against Djokovic currently. Tomorrow FeZerer will be in action again as well, but Roger is scheduled to play singles first. Well that’s a wrap from me. Until tomorrow!