2006 WIMBLEDON

QF

ROGER FEDERER  v  MARIO ANCIC        

6-4, 6-4, 6-4

 

 

Mario Ancic had used his big serve and volley game to advance to the quarter finals of Wimbledon.

Federer rewarded the Croatian's effort by crushing him in straight sets.

Federer was simply brilliant on the day.

Ancic would hit a huge serve, which Federer could only block back to a waiting Ancic who had smartly approached the net to put a precise

volley into the opposite corner of the court.

But time and time again, Federer on the run would come up with the pass and make it look easy.

Ancic stuck to his game and tried not to get discouraged, but it must have been deflating to play such tactically smart tennis only to lose to arguably the best player ever at the top of his game.

Federer said even he had been surprised by the quality of some of his passing shots against the unfortunate Ancic.
"When you're surprised, I'm surprised. I've been serving excellent, returning good and my passing shots especially have been excellent," he said.
"Sometimes you get the feeling you're absolutely in control. It's a sense of confidence, like playing in front of a home crowd.
Ancic admitted: "I thought sometimes I played some unbelievable shots.
"If I had written down the way I wanted to play, I would have done exactly that but and I was getting passed and he was hitting winners from nowhere.
"I tried the whole match, even at the end. I knew I was playing good tennis and I continued to search for solutions.
"There's not much you can say. He played unbelievable tennis. He was faultless."
Federer remarked about his play, "You're not afraid to try anything, to hit the ball hard or to go for aces. That's what I felt today."
 

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