Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Henman, Indian Wells final, 2004


Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3 in the Indian Wells final, 2004 on hard court

Federer had recently won the Australian Open and this was his first title in Indian Wells. Henman lead the head-to-head 6-1 at time of the match, with his only loss coming via retirement. Including this match, Federer would win their last 6 matches

Federer won 58 points, Henman 39

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (27/45) 60%
- 1st serve points won (23/27) 85%
- 2nd serve points won (13/18) 72%
- Aces 3 (1 second serve)
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (20/45) 44%

- 1st serve percentage (31/52) 60%
- 1st serve points won (20/31) 65%
- 2nd serve points won (10/21) 48%
- Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 3
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (19/52) 37%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 33%
- to BH 58%
- to Body 9%

Henman served...
- to FH 16%
- to BH 80%
- to Body 4%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 30 (5 FH, 25 BH)
- 18 Errors, comprising...
- 6 Unforced (1 FH, 5 BH)
- 12 Forced (3 FH, 9 BH)
- Return Rate (30/49) 61%

Henman made...
- 25 (9 FH, 16 BH), including 4 return-approaches
- 17 Errors, comprising...
- 8 Unforced (4 FH, 4 BH), including 1 return-approach attempt
- 9 Forced (3 FH, 6 BH)
- Return Rate (25/45) 56%

Break Points
Federer 3/6 (4 games)
Henman 0

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 9 (5 FH, 4 BH)
Henman 4 (1 FH, 2 FHV, 1 OH)

Federer's FHs - 2 cc passes and 3 inside-in
- BHs - 3 cc (2 passes) and 1 running-down-drop-volley cc at net-to-net

Henman's FH - 1 dtl

- 1 from a return-approach point, an OH

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 16
- 6 Unforced (4 FH, 2 BH)
- 10 Forced (5 FH, 4 BH, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46.7

Henman 26
- 20 Unforced (8 FH, 7 BH, 2 FHV, 2 BHV, 1 OH)
- 6 Forced (3 FH, 1 BH, 2 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 48

(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...
- 3/4 (75%) at net, including...
- 0/1 serve-volleying, a 1st serve

Henman was...
- 15/28 (54%) at net, including...
- 4/12 (33%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 3/10 (30%) off 1st serve and...
- 1/2 off 2nd serve
- 4/4 (100%) return-approaching
- 0/1 forced back

Match Report
Some good passing from Federer is the highlight in an otherwise mundane contest where he's solid of ground while Henman falters badly on the same on a slow court

Henman keeps the serve-volleying down, doing so just 33% of the time off first serves and a couple of times off seconds but looks to come to net early in rallies. It doesn't work and he wins just 33% points serve-volleying and 7/12 or rallying to net. These are going-to-get-broken numbers - and he does 3 times - unless he can win a good share of baseline points

Federer keeps ball in play from back of the court solidly. That's all he has scope to do because Henman keeps making errors. Baseline UEs for match read Federer 6, Henman 15. Federer total 6 UEs is less than what Henman has off either wing (FH 8, BH 7). This is somewhat due to differences in movement (Fed is sleekly quick, Henman a bit slow) and hitting quality (Fed hits more firmly off both sides and deep), but mostly, basic inconsistency from Henman. Rallies are medium length, he looks to drive-slice BHs often (with ball rising chest or shoulder high, its awkward) and is particularly loose off regulation FHs. He also takes to going for odd point ending shots from regulation positions, virtually always missing

Just 4 baseline-to-baseline winners from Fed and most come right at the end when he's already up a break in the second. Henman's only been forced into error 4 times on baseline and those aren't too hardly forced. Bulk of baseline action is Henman giving up the UE. He just looks out of his weight division as a neutral rallier. Sensible of Fed not to go for too much from the back... why do so, when keeping the ball in court firmly is enough to win bulk of points?

The backdrop to all this is surprising high unreturned rates. Fed has 44%, Henman 37%. 'Surprising' because its a typical, slow Indian Wells court and though both players serve well, some discredit to both players returning

Fed utilizes kick serving well. Ball rises shoulder and occasionally, head high. Henman sends down big first serves - bigger than Fed's, which aren't small. Still, 6 UEs for Fed and 8 from Henman on the return aren't good numbers for such a short match. Just 3 aces in match (all Fed's) - and 1s a second serve that Henman mis-anticipated the direction of - is a much better indication of pace of court than the unreturned rates. I'd estimate solid returning to be good for keeping unreturned rates down to 20-30% rather than what we get. Plenty of second serve returns missed by both players

Highlight of the returning is Henman's return-approaches, with which he wins 4/4. Most come early and good move by Fed to adjust his second serving, kicking them more and shorter to get them up higher and keeping Henman from going in for the play more

Some excellent passing from Federer. Henman comes in of approaches of the manufactured variety. In other words, not overwhelmingly strong and where passer has a decent shot on the pass. Fed's quick to cover the volleys - which are excellent in their placement - and strikes 6 superb winners. Henman's 5 UEs in forecourt are on hard side - firmly hit balls around net high, not easy floaters

Match Progression
Great game from Fed to break and move ahead 3-1. There's a perfect, BH running-down-drop-volley cc at net winner against a superb Henman, low drop volley, followed by a FH cc pass winner and finally, a wide pass that forces a BHV error. Otherwise, comfortable holds for both players in first set

Second set is more clear cut. Fed breaks early with Henman missing 2 FHs and double faulting on break point. Late in set, Fed opens up a bit to go for attacking FHs (he's played solidly but not aggressively for almost entire match) and Henman endures a tough 10 point hold. Match ends with a break to 15 - a wonderful Fed FH inside-in winner from regulation position and the rest of the points he wins coming from Henman errors, including a double fault

Summing up, straight forward match. Both players serve well but both also struggle more than warranted by conditions to return. In play, Fed is solid from the back while Henman gives up the UEs. Henman looks to come to net to be aggressive and is met with some very good, cleanly struck and widely placed passes. Good enough from Fed, not good from Henman... more not good from Henman than good from Fed

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