Roger Federer vs. Juan Londero
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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Roger Federer and Juan Londero meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Roger Federer will play his first match since losing the final in Wimbledon, and we’ve seen in the past how effective rust can be for the now 38-year-old. Federer had some serving issues at times in his run in the UK, but he was able to find that second gear when needed and prevented matches from being a real scare. Federer just wasn’t able to come through in a fifth set tiebreak, but he hit 25 aces and 94 winners overall. Federer now returns to Cincinnati where he’s made the final in eight of his last 12 appearances. Federer hasn’t lost an opening match since 2018 Miami. Federer has won 11 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
Juan Londero is coming off a straight sets win over Matteo Berrettini that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Londero won 81 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Londero won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Londero got 68 percent of his first serves in play, faced just one break point and hit five aces. If Londero can repeat that serving effort, he has a chance to hang around in this contest. Londero looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Bastad. Londero looks for his first career win over a top-10 player. Londero has lost three of his last five matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Federer has proven that rest can do wonders for players his age, as he’s come back in ridiculous form when taking several weeks off. This will be his first match in about a month. Londero has little to no experience against top tier players and has even less success on stages this big. While he served well in his last match, Federer should have little issues in this match.
Give me Federer in straight sets.