Indian Wells | Federer, the Silent Assassin
When the temperature is up in the high 80s Roger Federer has no desire to spend a minute longer on court than he has to. Facing Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in a 1pm start in the broiling heat is no easy task, but the World No.1 has a way of doing just enough to manoeuvre his opponent to a place he doesn’t want to be before applying the finishing touch to the point with the minimum of fuss.
That’s what happened in this match. Well though Krajinovic was playing, Federer seemed to have the ball on a string, mixing angled winners with exquisite drop-shots, and constantly sending his hapless opponent the wrong way. It was not a contest, for at no stage was there the slightest doubt about the outcome. It was more the case of a virtuoso performer giving a masterclass to an audience of more than fifteen thousand appreciative devotees.
Even Krajinovic seemed appreciative of Federer’s skills, and later he will take a small measure of pride for keeping him on court for two minutes short of an hour. Federer spoke warmly of the Serbian’s potential in his post-match interview, and this 6-2 6-1 win puts him just two matches away from the semi-finals and the retention of his World No.1 ranking.