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Federer Eases Past Troicki
06 Jan 2011
The second match on second court was between Roger Federer (SWI), the world’s number two, and sixth seed Viktor Troicki (SRB). Troicki was part of Serbia’s winning Davis Cup team at the end of last season, but was to yet beat the Swiss. The two have only played once back in 2006, where Federer won with two tie breaks.

Unlike the first two rounds at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Federer was never truly tested. He never did not lose his service once or even face any breakpoints. Federer was able to break serve in Troicki’s first service game, to come to a 2-0 and 5-2 lead. He broke again in the final game to take the first set comfortably 6-2. In the second set, Troicki dropped his serve again in the sixth game, as well as the final game. With the Serb never really being able to threat Federe’s game, the Swiss won the match 6-2 6-2 with a smash.

“I thought it was very concentrated performance. I really thought I saw the ball a bit better. I came out and had some good opportunities to break early, but I was a bit unlucky twice on the forehand, but I was able to stay calm and wait for my chance and really make him work hard on his serve”

Federer will now play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) in the semi-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Friday. The two last faced each other in the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year. There the Swiss won 6-2 6-3 6-2. However, Tsonga has been able to beat Federer in one of their three encounters, back in 2009. Federer said, “Well, first of all, it’s nice to see him back, you know. It’s never nice to miss those guys because of injuries. So I think it’s exciting to play him again. I think he’s a very explosive player with good character, good for the game. I think, looking forward to the match, it’s gonna be difficult. It seems like he’s hitting the ball really well already early in the season.