Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Goffin, Halle final, 2019


Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat David Goffin 7-6(2), 6-1 in the Halle final, 2019 on grass

It was Federer's 10th title at the event. He would go onto be runner-up at Wimbledon shortly after. Goffin was unseeded

Federer won 73 points, Goffin 55

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (35/58) 60%
- 1st serve points won (29/35) 83%
- 2nd serve points won (15/23) 65%
- Aces 7
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (24/58) 41%

- 1st serve percentage (38/70) 54%
- 1st serve points won (25/38) 66%
- 2nd serve points won (16/32) 50%
- Aces 7 (1 second serve, 1 not clean)
- Double Faults 5
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (23/70) 33%

Serve Patterns
Federer served...
- to FH 44%
- to BH 51%
- to Body 5%

Goffin served...
- to FH 42%
- to BH 51%
- to Body 8%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 42 (16 FH, 26 BH), including 1 drop-return (accidental)
- 3 winners (1 FH, 2 BH), including 1 drop-return (accidental)
- 16 Errors, comprising...
- 4 Unforced (2 FH, 2 BH)
- 12 Forced (5 FH, 7 BH)
- Return Rate (42/65) 65%

Goffin made...
- 33 (14 FH, 19 BH)
- 17 Errors, comprising...
- 7 Unforced (4 FH, 3 BH)
- 10 Forced (6 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (33/57) 58%

Break Points
Federer 3/6 (3 games)
Goffin 0/3 (1 game)

Winners (excluding serves, including returns)
Federer 13 (7 FH, 3 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BH1/2V)
Goffin 7 (4 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV)

Federer's FHs - 2 cc (1 return), 1 dtl/inside-out, 3 inside-out and 1 drop shot
- BHs - 1 dtl, 1 inside-in return and 1 drop-return (accidental)

- 2 from serve-volley points (1 FHV, 1 BH1/2V), both first 'volleys'

Goffin's FHs - 1 cc, 1 dtl/inside-out, 1 inside-out and 1 inside-in
- BHs - 1 dtl and 1 net chord dribbler

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Federer 24
- 17 Unforced (10 FH, 7 BH)... with 1 BH that was put in play, but ended point after overrules and challenges that Federer conceded
- 7 Forced (4 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 42.9

Goffin 31
- 19 Unforced (12 FH, 5 BH, 2 FHV)
- 12 Forced (5 FH, 7 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46.8

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Federer was...
- 14/17 (82%) at net, including...
- 5/6 (83%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 4/5 (80%) off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
- 0/1 retreated

Goffin was 5/7 (71%) at net

Match Report
Disappointing match with Goffin falling apart in the second set after playing a fine first. Federer plays smartly, if not particularly well, relying on the serve when things are roughly even and loosening up to attack net when Goffin stumbles

Typical of grass, the serve is key. In first set, Fed dishes out low in count of 24/43 or 45%. There are no breaks, but Goffin does have better of action going into tiebreak

Only break points in the first set is in game 5, where Fed falls to 0-40, with a pair of FH errors. He saves first break point with a regulation first serve, but misses the first next 2 points. Gof misses attacking FHs on them, and Fed goes on to hold

No more break points, but Fed falls behind in his next couple service games too - 0-30 in the next and 0-15 and 15-30 in the one after. Meanwhile, he has 0-30 returning at 5-4 before Gof holds

Some nice net play by Fed, but he largely stays on baseline when in a spot of bother. FHs loose and gives up errors. He holds on back of unreturned serves. Gof also, but he's more secure off the ground

Going into tiebreak, Fed serves 38 points, Gof 34

Weak 'breaker from Gof and strong one from Fed. Gof's shot choices heading in had been sound and he'd gone with moderately attacking third balls. He plays softer ones now, and misses 2 routine, neutral third balls - a FH inside-out and a BH slice. Fed meanwhile find his first serve, sending down 4/5. A picture perfect serve-volleying 1st 'volley', BH1/2V winner by Fed is the highlight. Fed takes breaker comfortably 7-2

And then Gof goes to pieces. He's broken to open the 2nd set with 3 double faults, including the last 2 points of the 12 point game. Soon as he's down a break, Gof starts expressing irritation, frustration, self-disappointment. His movement drops noticable, struggles against Fed's slices and takes on more than on then he can handle

Good game by Fed to gain the second break, though there's a lucky, inadvertant drop-return winner in it too

Finally, a third break to end the match, again featuring back-to-back doubles by Gof that brings up break point, on which he misses an easy FHV.

In between all that, Fed makes 11/15 first serves and holds easily, losing a point per game for 3 games

Unreturned rates read Fed 41%, Gof 33%

That's as much about not-good returning
as it is good serving

7/17 or 41% Gof return errors have been marked UEs, which is relatively high proportion on grass. Good 2nd serves from Fed, but short of dangerous and Gof is prone to missing the return

Just 4/16 or 25% of Fed's returns errors by contrast have been marked UEs, but the 12 FEs are more makeable than otherwise. As opposed to the FEs Goffin makes, which are against very difficult, wide serves

Room for improvement in both players returning than

Fed serves typically well when he's playing freely and smartly when he isn't. In first set, when he has low in count, he doesn't go for too much. Good move when your still drawing return errors. In second set, he serves wider and more damagingly

Excellent serving from Gof in first set. He's got 7 aces (1 a second serve), same as Fed while serving 3 more first serves. For him to stay that close to generally much stronger serving Fed on unreturnables is job well done

The double faults in second set are a disaster.

Ordinary action off the ground. Fed's slicing is good and Gof can't handle it is most noteworthy part of it

In first set, both players look to keep ball in play without much aggression. Fed's FH is the loosest shot (discredit him) and Gof has better of BH consistency (his is just a bit better - not a matter of credit or discredit). Fed almost always comes over the BH

In second, Fed changes tacks and slices much more, often longline. Ball stays low and Gof struggles to put it in play and when he does, leaves weak balls for Fed to whip with FHs

0 winner attempt UEs from Fed, despite sizable 13 winners. If his consistency isn't particularly good, his shot choices are immaculate. He has 7 baseline-to-baseline winners (including a drop shot). Tends to get taken for granted, but Fed's ability to dispatch not-strong balls is polished and he makes it look deceptively easy

Gof by contrast has 5 winner attempt UEs to just 7 winners - a poor showing. Virtually all of it in second set when he seems to be rattled and takes a few unwise, if not completely wild, big swings with the FH. Fed's slicing has a hand in driving him to it, but mentally, he seems 'going' if not 'gone' right after getting broken in opening game through double faults

Fed's net play is highlight of match. More the instincts and approach shot choices as the volleying itself. Hits not-strong (as opposed to weak) balls into open side of court and comes in. Usually doesnt' have to volley, but deftly putsaway whatever he does. Much better than trying to hit winners from the back, much more efficient than hitting and harder and harder with each shot

Sporting gesture from Fed on a point where he stops play after making a BH and challenges Goffin's ball. Just as he stops play, the chair overrules and calls Gof's ball out. Goffin challenges and the ball is shown to be in. Point should be replayed since official call was out, but Fed concedes the point

Summing up, some good slicing and excellently judged net play by Federer are the positive standouts in an overall ordinary match. Goffin falling apart completely in second set after a solid first where he has slightly better of play is most eye catching part of match. Federer doing the needful - serving as well as needed, hanging in from back adequately - and Goffin collapsing is bulk story of match