Friday, June 29, 2012

Pat Markey

After being down 2 sets Roger Federer able to pull out the win

Upset central on the men's side of the draw at this years Wimbledon ? perhaps but not with Federer.  He goes down two sets but pulls out a 5 set victory eventually taking the match
4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1. In a 3rd round singles match Roger Federer was down two sets to another 30 year old named Julien Benneteau also nick named "Bennet".  Roger does not have a good record after going down two sets in this type of situation.  Although the two have played 3 times Roger Federer leads the head to head with a 2-1 record.

Both men are 30 years old, both reside in Switzerland, both are 6.1'', both are right-handed but most of the similarities end there.  Benneteau has not won any singles titles and has considerably less experience in situations such as this and against a top player.  Don't get me wrong, Benneteau is ranked 32 and can perform against top players, but doesn't have much luck on grass.

During the first two sets Federer did not appear to show the intensity necessary to adjust to Benneteau's shots.  Benneteau took the first set 6-4.  Both players served 2 aces, but Benneteau showed 62% first serve percentage vs. 44% of Federer but both men won about 75% of their first serves.  Benneteau shot 11 winners to Federer's 5.  In set no. 2, a tie breaker gave Benneteau a two set lead.  Benneteau looked a bit stronger in set two with more than twice the winners of Federer and less unforced errors.

The momentum seemed to be in Benneteau's court but the first game of the third set proved otherwise.  A quick break and a consistent serve game by Federer gave him a quick 2-0 lead in the 3rd.  Federer would go on to take the 3rd set.  The scales were definitely tipping toward Roger.  Roger was winning 92% of his first serves and getting about 65% in.  He scored 10 winners to Benneteau's 4 and won twice as many of the receiving points.


Set no. 4 would keep the players on serve. Than at 5-6 with Roger serving to take it to the tie-break, a late call causes the first point to go to Benneteau.  Benneteau hits a nice winner deep into the forehand side of Federer to make it 30-15 Benneteau.  You can feel the tension mounting and the pressure, you can hear the crowd and the emotions surrounding each point.  With Ad on Federer side, Benneteau stops play because he feels ball is out and he wins the point.  Federer goes on to win the next two points and takes the 4th set to a tie-breaker.  Federer would end up being too much for Benneteau in the 5th.


Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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