Roger Federer vs. Grega Zemlja: Score and Recap from 2013 US Open
Roger Federer made quick work of Grega Zemlja in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open, winning 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
Rain forced this match to move from Monday night to Tuesday afternoon, as Beyond the Baseline pointed out on Twitter:
Roger Federer gets through his rain-delayed match with no problems. 63 62 75 over Zemlja. Good opening match for him. #usopen— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) August 27, 2013
Despite the fact that the 32-year-old is having one of the worst seasons of his career, he came into this match as the clear favorite. If you needed any evidence of that, then think about the fact that Pam Shriver asked Zemlja in the tunnel before the match whether his orange shirt would distract Federer on the court, per the ESPN2 broadcast.
That was about the only way the 26-year-old Slovenian could manage to upset the No. 7 player in the world.
The first set became interesting when the set score was tied 3-3. Both players held serve for the first seven games of the set. Up 4-3, Federer was able to break Zemlja, and that was the opening he needed to take control of the match. The five-time U.S. Open champion held serve to win the first set.
Federer took control and broke Zemlja again in the second set. It was a much more comfortable set for the Swiss star, as he didn't have to exert much effort to get the advantage. He looked to be going through the motions, rather than trying to overpower and dominate his opponent on every point.
The third set nearly ended up going to Zemlja, after he broke Federer and tied the set at 5-5. The former champ ended up winning the next two games, though, quickly stifling whatever drama there could have been.
Federer served wonderfully all match. According to the U.S. Open's slam tracker, he made 60 percent of his first serves and won 85 percent of the points where he made his first serve. Contrast that to 49 percent and 67 percent, respectively, for Zemlja. Federer also converted 45 percent of his break-point opportunities.
Perhaps the best numbers for the star were his 35 winners to only 16 unforced errors. He hit the ball well and avoided any costly mistakes.
For those on both sides of the Federer spectrum, this match will have supported their opinions. On one hand, Federer gave away his fair share of points and didn't look like an all-conquering colossus. On the other, he was never really tested, and he never put himself in a position where he was close to losing the match.
Federer will play Carlos Berlocq in the second round.
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