Roger Federer faces the German Jan-Lennard Struff for the third time in his career. The Swiss player leads head to head meetings 3-0, as he won at 2018 Australian Open and 2016 Halle always in straight sets. Against Lukas Lacko on Tuesday, at one point Federer was averaging 70 seconds or less per service game.
Speaking about his great performance in this aspect, Federer said: 'On certain days it goes better than others. Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players. There's no doubt about that, as well. I think important is when you want to serve well is your point-for-point mentality, saying maybe the first point is as important as a breakpoint, so the concentration is the same.
Trying to remember all the things you've done throughout the entire match, what has worked, what hasn't worked. I don't need that much time, especially after a short previous rally to go through all of that. Just reassess everything very quickly.
I think I can do that very good. Then it's more than just serving. It's also first-strike tennis, serve and first shot, serve and taking the right decisions as you go along, in the rallies as well. As the match went on, I was able to do that better and better.
I guess you're referring to it. That's how it felt anyway. I don't know the statistics. Second and third set, that worked out very well. I think I took the right decisions, as well, from that first set.' Alexander Zverev will continue his match against Taylor Fritz, also Serena Williams and Milos Raonic will play.