Roger Federer barely broke a sweat as he won his 59th match of the season on Wednesday. The third seed at the BNP Paribas Masters Paris improves to 21-9 all time at the event.
Nearly Flawless First Set
The opening set started quickly for Roger Federer as he cracked the serve of Andreas Seppi in the opening game for a 1-0 lead. The Swiss' own serve was sublime in the set as he won 12 of 13 points in three service games. He added to Seppi's early issues by breaking the Italian two more times in the opening set for a lightning quick 6-1 result. The set ended on a neat point that saw Seppi hit a tweener between his legs, only to have Federer eventually put away the set with a huge overhead smash. In the set, the third seeded Swiss took advantage of Seppi's inability to land first serves routinely. Seppi was forced to make second serves on 67 percent of the points played on serve. Federer won 11 of those 16 points.
Federer Nervy Early In Second Set, Then Fast To Finish
After breezing through the opening set, Federer encountered some problems to start the second. Federer dug himself an immediate hole as he lost the first three points on his serve to give Seppi triple break point. As quickly as he got into trouble, Federer would erase it as he worked the score line to deuce. He would be forced to save a fourth break point in the game and would as he held through an eleven point first game to 1-0. Seppi conceded again quickly on serve in the second game as Federer again worked on a weak second serve for a break. He would break again for a 4-0 lead and in the blink of an eye, Federer closed the match in just 47 minutes at 6-1, 6-1 with a picturesque sliced backhand drop shot.
Following the match, Federer told reporters that today's end result was unexpected for him due to his late arrival in Paris, "Good surprise for me on the court today. The training yesterday was difficult arriving from Basel."
The win was Federer's 14th in 15 career matches against Seppi. It was also his third straight against the Italian since Seppi sprung a shocking upset on Federer at this year's Australian Open.
Next For Federer
Federer moves into the third round in Paris for the fifth straight year. He is set to face 13th seed John Isner next. The pair played at the U.S. Open this year in the fourth round with Federer winning in straight sets. Two of the three sets were decided in tie breaks. Federer is 5-1 lifetime against the American. Four of those wins have come in either Grand Slams or Masters level events. Federer says he knows what it will take to beat Isner's massive serve, "I need to make sure I focus on my own game and see what I can do on his serve. There is only so many opportunities."