Roger Federer had little trouble in the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open, beating Sam Groth by a score of 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4.
The veteran had nine aces and won 84 percent of his serves to gain the advantage, while also limiting himself to just 21 unforced errors. He will move on to the third round to face Marcel Granollers.
Groth has one of the hardest serves in the world, which comes from his imposing size on the tennis court. Grantland's Brian Phillips joked about how big the player was before the match:
Groth playing with the fluid nonchalance of a man who knows he can break every bone in Federer's body on any given changeover.— Brian Phillips (@runofplay) August 30, 2014
Despite averaging 118 mph and reaching 147 mph with his serve, Federer was comfortable against his opponent, according to Barry Flatman of Sunday Times:
Isn't it rather strange that Sam Groth's serve is massive but he does not hit too many aces. Federer appears to have him sussed— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) August 30, 2014
He showcased the best of his ability with a return in the first set, as described by Sports Illustrated:
Roger Federer just hit a backhand return winner off a 142mph serve. As you do. #usopen— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) August 30, 2014
At the same time, Federer did not face a single break point and was able to come away with a first-set win.
Things were a little tougher in the second set, with Groth able to take a lead, thanks to an early break:
However, the No. 2 seed was able to work his way back by winning 17 of his 23 service points in the second set, winning again 6-4.
There were a few moments of doubt in the third set as well, but Federer was once again able to recover to close out the match in straight sets. CBS Sports' Zach Harper gave his brilliant analysis as the match came to an end:
Roger Federer is good.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 30, 2014
Groth provided some bulletin-board material before the match, questioning Federer's effort over the course of a match, via Tennis World:
Sometimes Federer is not that kind of player, like Rafael Nadal, who fights on each and every point. I don't really know how to explain what I mean. I really don't want to say that it is easier to face Roger than it is to face Nadal, but surely Federer decides to gives his best if and when he is pushed by his opponent.
What is my game plan? Well, I will try to stay in the match using the effectiveness of my serve.
While he was able to win some games, Federer clearly was the better player on the court and provided enough effort to leave with a victory.
The Swiss superstar will advance to the third round where he will face Granollers, who upset No. 25 seed Ivo Karlovic in five sets in the second round. A win will set up a match against the winner of Adrian Mannarino and No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Based on how well he has played to this point, Federer should be considered a top contender to keep winning and bring home his first U.S. Open title since 2008.
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