As was the case with the first round, Roger playes a near peRFect match against Rochus. The story is told by 6 aces, 1 DF, 68% first serves, 32 winners, 12 UE, 9/11 net points won, and 4/11 break points won. The only stat that could possibly be improved upon is the break point conversion, but it’s not like there was a shortage of breaks from Roger. The serve was solid again and Roger’s forehand was working like clockwork, hitting many winners off that side. Are we seeing JesusFed again? I wouldn’t be so quick to apply that label, given how Roger performed against Monaco and the fact that Rochus was the ideal opponent for Roger. Rochus is a small guy who is basically just a practice match for Roger. His serve is nothing special and basically just asks to be hit, while his ground strokes has no penetration. Therefor this performance hasn’t got me overly excited.
You can just say that it was a very clean, sufficient performance. Against Monaco we saw the average Roger again who struggled to put away a pretty average opponent and couldn’t take advantage of his break opportunities. So I am not so sure Roger will have an easy time when he next faces Simon. Simon is someone who has a positive 2-1 head-to-head record against Roger and has the ability to test him. In the slowish conditions he can do a lot of retrieving and if Roger is not on his game it can cause him to make unforced errors. He must be decisive and his attacking game must be on like it was against Rochus. Only Simon has a bigger serve than Rochus and can create more pace off the ground. If JesusFed shows up it will b something like a 6-3, 6-4 win, but otherwise we could be in for a tough three setter.