Sunday, March 10 2019 - Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Peter Gojowczyk in the 3rd round of the BNP Paribas Open in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Elise Sterck/BNP Paribas Open)
In front of a raucous crowd of his supporters packed into Stadium 1, Roger Federer began his journey towards a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title on Sunday afternoon.
The Swiss Maestro was greeted with a standing ovation upon arrival, and parlayed the momentum into a 6-1, 7-5 straight set victory over world No. 85 Peter Gojowczyk. While the German fought mightily during a competitive second set, he was unable to overcome Federer’s brilliance.
Federer, who recently became only the second men’s tennis player in history to win 100 career titles, looked in vintage form throughout the opening set. He broke Gojowczyk immediately and conceded only game while he breezed to a 6-1 advantage.
The second set proved more difficult for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, as the German battled his way back behind the strength of a match-high six aces. Federer would later recognize Gojowczyk’s rally, but remain pleased with his overall performance. “I struggled with my serve in the second set and he began to play much better, but I’m still happy with how I persevered. I think for my first match here I actually played really well.”
There was hope for Gojowczyk at 5-5, but Federer once again took control. Winning an astounding 81% (26/32) of his first service points, the Swiss champion controlled the match’s final two games to seal the second-round victory.
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One step closer to his goal, Federer will next meet the winner of countryman Stan Wawrinka vs. Marton Fucsovics.