After an opening service game which lasted eleven minutes, much longer than the standard of quick Federer service games, the match went one sided in favor of the Swiss maestro. A call in the first game off the serve of Federer was called in, challenged by Del Potro, only to find out the hawk-eye system was unavailable. The original call stood, and Del Potro was furious at chair umpire Mohammad Lahyani for not overruling the call.
The moment had an affect on Del Potro’s mental game, and Federer capitalized. The Swiss maestro immediately broke, and went on to fire 13 aces and hit 27 winners in a 6-3 6-2 rout of the Argentine in 1 hour 9 minutes.
After the match, Federer was interviewed on court by ESPN’s Pam Shriver. The Swiss maestro said he thought the call was incorrect, and the ball was out, justifying Del Potro’s frustration. He went on to say that his health is much better from earlier in the week, regarding the flu bug which caused him to miss two days of practice. Federer put the illness on a “around the globe” bug rather than the widespread Indian Wells virus which has knocked out several players and their families/team in the tournament. Coach Paul Annacone is also ill with the flu bug, and the Federer family is a bit worse in health than Roger himself.
Federer will face either Rafael Nadal or David Nalbandian in Saturday’s semifinal. FF07tv will cover the match and continue to provide full coverage of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open.