Andreev was always gonna be a bit of a tricky opponent for Roger given their history together. Roger was struggling with his rhythm at the start against Andreev’s heavy topspin shots. As the set progressed Roger started timing the ball better and he was up 30-0 on Andreev’s serve a couple of times but could not break. He did however break at 5-5 and served the set out at 6-5. In the second set he got the break in the first game, but Andreev started playing better and got the break back. The tie break ensued and Roger made great picks ups at *1-0 and *2-0 to take control. Basically Roger brought his best tennis towards the end of the sets which is what a clutch player does. It was not Roger’s best level but given the slow conditions and an opponent that is normally tough for him I’d say it was a pretty good win.
Roger now faces Chela who beat Petszchner in three sets. Roger has a dominant head-to-head of 5-0 against Chela and have only lost one set to him. This should be an easier opponent for Roger and I expect him to win easier. Ranonic continued his impressive run by beating Fish for a second time in two tournaments and will now face another youngster Harrison for a place in the fourth round. I think Raonic will probably win that match and face Roger in the fourth round for an enticing encounter.