Roger Federer dismantles Richard Gasquet to reach the US Open semi-finals dominating by 6-3 6-3 6-1 in just 1 hour and 27 minutes minutes. Facing Stan Wawrinka next, in Friday's semi-finals, the All-Swiss showdown is set to take place in New York City.
NY. Some said the superiority Roger Federer has been showing on court in the past three weeks looks very close to what the Swiss had in his golden years, between 2004 and 2008. That could be an overstatement, perhaps, or maybe not.
Truth is, the Swiss is the only player in the tournament who is yet to lose a set, having dominated, rolled over, all the 5 opponents he faced en route to a semi-final showdown with Stan Wawrinka. Gasquet was coming into the match with the confidence coming from having beaten a tough opponent like 6th seed Tomas Berdych in four sets in the 4th round, on the Czech's favorite surface.
That said, it didn't really look like Gasquet had something in his game that could represent a threat to Roger Federer on Wednesday in New York. The match was initially supposed to be played by 8:00 PM, but was anticipated to 7:00 PM due to bad weather forecast.
Threat of rain showers still hanging on Flushing Meadows. Roger was in his Express-Version, trying to close the match as soon as possible, not really looking forward to possible rain stops. The Swiss played aggressive, even showing once again his now famous SABR return, to cut the rallies short and always put the French under pressure.
Roger had the confidence on his side, knowing he had beaten Gasquet 6 straight times and for 12 consecutive sets over the last years. Richard had never managed to beat the Swiss on hard courts in 8 encounters. Also, Roger has been quite impressive on his serve in America this summer, holding 103 service games out of 105 going into this quarter-final clash.
The only player to break the streak was Philipp Kohlschreiber at the US Open, in the third round, but the German still lost in straight sets. Roger didn't face a single break point in the match against Gasquet, firing 16 aces and winning 87% of the points played on his first serve.
Roger closed the match with 50 winners and 21 unforced errors, with an impressive +29 differential. Also Roger won 7 of the 9 points he played using serve and volley, for a realization percentage of 78%. Gasquet only was allowed to fire 8 winners and hit 14 unforced errors.