Roger Federer won his 1st match against a Top-5 opponent in 2013 after he defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of Bercy Masters, 2013. This is now the 15th consecutive year (starting from 1999) when Federer has defeated at least one Top-5 ranked opponent on the ATP World Tour.
Roger Federer's service as we have been discussing has been improving ever since Basel. The trend continued in the 1st set as Federer's service % improved to further 77% in the 1st set.
On the other hand, Del Potro also served quite well, but, had a very poor service game in the 4th game that gave Federer a 3-1 lead in the 1st set.
That one service break proved sufficient as Federer won the 1st set 6-3 in 30 minutes.
Here are the first set stats
Clearly, this was the best ever set that Federer has played against a Top-10 opponent in 2013. 77% 1st serves, 17 winners & 4 U.E... 100% net points won.
Federer had a break point in the opening game of the 2nd set, but the Argentine managed to save that.
In the 4th game of the 2nd set, a funny incident happened. Del potro while chasing a drop shot from Federer jumped across the net and almost hugged Federer .
Here are a few pics from that incident ----
Pics of Federer and Del potro standing on Federer's side of the court after Delpo ran across the net and almost hugged Federer
Here is the video of that --------
The next 5 games went on service without any break points.
In his first 4 service games of the 2nd set, Federer had lost just 4 points.
But, in the 10th game, while serving 4-5 down, Federer lost his concentration & went on to lose his service & thus, Del Potro won the set 6-4 in 41 minutes.
Here are the second set stats
Federer's 1st serve % stood at 73%, just those 12 unforced errors with 3 of those coming in the final game was the root cause for Federer losing the 2nd set.
The first 4 games of the 3rd set went on serve, but, from there on, the match was full of drama.
Federer broke Del Potro's service in the 5th game to get to a 3-2 lead but the Argentine got the break back to make it 3-all.
The Swiss Maestro again broke Delpo's service to get to a 4-3 lead & managed to hold his service in the 8th game on love to get to a 5-3 lead.
Federer then broke Del Potro service for the 3rd time in the very next game to win the set 6-3 in 32 minutes.
Here are the 3rd set stats
As you can see, Federer's 1st serve % dropped to 52% for the set, but, he was able to convert all his break points as Del Potro's service crumbled under pressure.
The end score-line read 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in favor of Roger Federer and this was Federer's first win over the Argentine after three successive losses & it took him 103 minutes to register his 14th win over the Argentine. Roger Federer now leads the head to head 14-5 vs Juan Martin Del Potro.
Here are the overall match stats ------
Roger Federer will meet Novak Djokovic in the first semi-finals on Saturday. This will the first meeting of Federer & Djokovic in 2013. Federer leads the head to head 16-13 vs Novak Djokovic.
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