Roger Federer continued his dominance of the field at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, making quick work of Alexandr Dolgolopov. Federer cruised to victory after beating his opponent in consecutive sets, 6-3, 6-1.
During the match, Federer's serve was absolutely on point. He recorded seven aces, won 74 percent of his first services, 83 percent of his second services and never faced a single break point.
What makes this dominant performance even more spectacular is the fact that Federer only faced Dolgolopov once before—a 2010 match in Basel, Switzerland.
David Law tweeted after the match that Federer doesn't even scout unfamiliar opponents beforehand, as it leaves more to enjoy:
Federer talking about how he doesn't really watch this type of match to 'scout' opponents. More for enjoyment.— DavidLaw (@DavidLawTennis) March 15, 2014
This most recent victory marks Federer's fifth consecutive two-set win at Indian Wells.
Federer's recent turnaround after struggling in 2013 has been remarkable. He has built up a great head of steam and his confidence continues to grow. He expressed his feelings about his game during an interview with the Press Association, via The Guardian:
There is a sense of calmness to my game right now. Also confidence. But also that grit and wanting to win badly feeling is out there, which was hard to find at times last year. So now I've got it all. That results came as quickly as they did, maybe that did surprise me a little bit.
That calmness and confidence currently surrounding his game was well on display on Saturday.
The win against Dolgopolov was a huge one, as the Ukrainian was on a hot streak of his own. Earlier in the tournament, Dolgopolov beat three higher-ranked players, including Rafael Nadal.
That fact didn't seem to matter to Federer, defeating Dolgopolov in just over an hour.
Douglas Robson of USA Today tweeted that he has been very impressed with the 2014 version of Federer:
Federer has impressed me so far in ’14. I didn’t expect such a strong start, but he’s really reeling in form of years past. #BNPPO14— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) March 15, 2014
Federer now continues his surge into the finals and will face either Novak Djokovic or John Isner. If Federer comes away victorious one more time, he will claim his fifth title at Indian Wells.
That would be huge for Federer, as ESPN.co.uk explains the circumstances:
"Should Federer go on to claim his fifth Indian Wells title, he will return to the top four in the rankings for the first time since before Wimbledon last year."
If this situation comes to fruition, it should be safe to say that the former world No. 1 is back.