Blink and you missed it. Roger Federer dominated Kevin Anderson Thursday night in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters. The Swiss maestro delivered a convincing 6-1 6-1 victory in just 55 minutes. He had previously won all meetings against the tall South African without dropping a set, but this night would feature his most dominant display yet.
The 34-year-old Swiss raced out to a 5-0 lead in a hurry, serving out the first set in well under a half hour. Making the most of a few break point opportunities in the second set, Federer flashed his deft movement to fluster Anderson, making it difficult for him to get into any rhythm.
In the final game, Federer rushed in and half-volleyed returned Anderson’s towering serve, finishing the point on an overhead. On the very next point, the Swiss showed impeccable court coverage, defending and navigating past Anderson at the net with a half-volley backhand winner down the line.
After the match, the 6-time Cincinnati Masters champion reflected on the special night. “I played a great match and I’m very pleased, because I knew that tough challenge ahead,” he said. “I had practised with Kevin last week here. I lost both sets I played with him in practice, so I was really happy that I was able to turn it around tonight.”
Federer finished with 23 winners to just eight unforced errors. He will face a lefty Spaniard in Friday’s quarterfinals, but not Rafael Nadal – instead Feliciano Lopez, who upset Nadal in three sets.
Federer Practice Session – 2015 Cincinnati Masters