Defending champion, top seed, and 6 time champion Roger Federer survived another close scare at Wimbledon this morning, defeating unheralded Serbian Ilija Bozoljac, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours and 46 minutes.
Federer again seemed sluggish on the grass, getting out-winnered by the Serbian upstart 102-69 and losing the ace count 31-16. Bozoljac, the 152nd ranked player in the world, looked to be the better player for much of the match, despite losing out in the most critical statistical area: breaks of serve.
Federer saved all 4 break points against, in his second death struggle here at SW-19 so far in 2 rounds this year.
Here are the match stats from Federer/Bozoljac this morning:
|Federer (SUI)||Bozoljac (SRB)|
|1st Serve %||94 of 135 = 70 %||90 of 140 = 64 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||72 of 94 = 77 %||70 of 90 = 78 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||29 of 41 = 71 %||28 of 50 = 56 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||69||102|
|Receiving Points Won||42 of 146 = 29 %||34 of 136 = 25 %|
|Break Point Conversions||3 of 13 = 23 %||0 of 4 = 0 %|
|Net Approaches||19 of 34 = 56 %||26 of 56 = 46 %|
|Total Points Won||143||132|
|Fastest Serve Speed||131 MPH||138 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||117 MPH||125 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||97 MPH||104 MPH|
With the way he played today, we are wondering whether the 24 year old Serbian was serving notice to the world, or if this was a case of Federer lacking jump after going 5 sets Monday with Alejandro Falla, or lacking jump, period. Federer gets Frenchman Arnaud Clement in round 3.