After a tough weekend for Roger Federer in the Davis Cup tie against the United States, he was right back to business in Rotterdam, winning his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France 64 64. Mahut is most famous for playing the longest match ever in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010 against John Isner. It was a comfortable win for Roger, but nothing spectacular. He played a typical solid early round match and only required one break in each set to get the job done. His own serve was not broken.
With the win, Federer has now won his last 21 indoor matches, dating back all the way to the start of the World Tour Finals in 2010. Dating back to the start of the 2010 indoor season, Roger has amassed a record of 37-2 and 6 titles (6 wins in 8 events). Those figures just go to show how dominant The Fed is on the indoor surfaces, where the courts are fast and Roger can take advantage of his quick-strike attacking all-court tennis. I would love to see more of those fast courts on the tour, but I'm afraid that is not going to happen.
Under normal circumstances, Roger would play Mikhail Youzhny in the Round of 16, but he withdrew after his win over fellow countryman Igor Kunitsyn in three sets (two bagels!). With that event, Federer moves on automatically to the quarterfinals where he plays Finnish player Jarkko Nieminen. The two played a tight three setter in Basel last year which of course Roger won. The Swiss cannot take Nieminen lightly because he is a very good player and is feeling confident after a title already won this season in Sydney (a tournament in which he won 8 matches). Having said all that, Fed should have little problem in dealing with Nieminen if he plays a good match.
In other action on the day, 2nd seed Juan Martin del Potro came through in a close three setter against Michael Llodra 64 67(3) 64. He will play Karol Beck in the Round of 16, who defeated German Philipp Petzschner 3rd seed Tomas Berdych easily dismissed countryman Lukas Rosol. The big-hitting Czech will next meet former top 10 Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
Until Friday when Roger plays his quarterfinal,