How Roger Federer Won Indian Wells: All The Numbers Of The Final- View: 30362 by Filippo Scala
Roger Federer has clinched the 25th Masters 1000 title of his glorious career continuing in what is his best start of a season since 2004. The 18th-time Grand Slam champion has beaten fellow country-man Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour and 20 minutes of pretty good tennis in Indian Wells.
So let's take a look at Roger's stats to see where and how the match was won. In the first set Roger's serve was close to perfection. The Swiss only dropped 4 points in 5 service games and registered a very high percentage of first serves in, 75%, winning 83% of points on both first and second serve.
Roger hit 1 ace and 4 service winners with no double faults. From the baseline Federer hit 5 winners (2 forehand and 3 backhands) and 6 unforced errors (2 forehand and 4 backhands). When he came at the net, the World No.9 (No.
6 on Monday) was impeccable with 100% of points won thanks to 3 volley and 2 smash winners. Federer capitalized on the first break point that Wawrinka conceded, in the 10th game. to claim a set where he managed to allow Wawrinka only 2 winners from the baseline.
Wawrinka was a little under par with his backhand on the day, closing with only 2 winners and 9 unforced errors and registered an overall negative score from the baseline, 11 winners and 19 unforced errors. Going back to Federer, his percentage of first serves in drastically dropped in the second set to 55%.
In the first game Roger only managed to play after one first serve out 6 points, found himself down 0-40 and got broken for the first time in the tournament despite saving 2 break points. Federer couldn't convert two break points in the following game but broke back in the 4th game and proceeded staidly on his serve losing 7 points in the last 5 service games not allowing Wawrinka more than 2 points in a single game.
When the set seemed destined to a tie-break, Federer broke again to claim the match after an emphatic forehand volley winner. Roger got passed twice by Wawrinka in the set but didn't make a singles mistake at net confirming how confident he is at the moment no matter how difficult the shots are.
In the second set Wawrinka hit almost twice as many winners from the baseline than Federer, 9 against 5, but was also more erratic with 13 unforced errors versus 9 and couldn’t win more than 47 points on his second serve which costed him in the crucial moments of the set.
The two were pretty close in the set which seemed destined to a tie-break, before Federer changed gear and broke again in the 12th game to claim the match after an emphatic forehand volley winner. Roger got passed twice by Wawrinka in the set but didn't make a singles mistake at net confirming how confident he is at the moment no matter how difficult the shots are.
Here's a recap of Federer's and Wawrinka's winners and unforced errors. FEDERER Total Winners: 33 (7 Forehands, 3 Backhands, 3 Forehand Volleys, 6 Backhand Volleys, 4 Smashes, 2 Aces, 8 Service Winners) Total Unforced Errors: 16 (8 Forehands, 7 Backhands, 1 Double Fault) WAWRINKA Total Winners: 27 (9 Forehands, 2 Backhands, 1 Backhand Volley, 1 Smash, 5 Aces, 9 Service Winners) Total Unforced Errors: 24 (10 Forehands, 9 Backhands, 2 Forehand Volleys, 3 Double Faults).
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