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Roger Federer defeats Alejandro Falla - 2010 Wimbledon First round

 Wimbledon 2010

London, England
June 21, 2010 

Top seed Roger Federer probably escaped the biggest upset in his career and in the Wimbledon 2010 tournament in the first match on day 1 of Wimbledon 2010. Roger Federer rallied to beat Alejandro Falla of Columbia 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-0. Federer was down two sets in one hour and 17 minutes and just when everyone thought there was an upset in the making, Federer has other thoughts. He rallied on to win the next three sets and advance to the second round. Facing a familiar opponent and a player ranked No. 60 in the world, everyone would have thought Federer would win the match in three sets.

It was a normal start for the six time Wimbledon winner, but the trouble started at 5-5 in the first set for Federer when he was broken. Falla consolidated the break in the next game and won the first set 7-5. He won the second set 6-4. Falla was dominating the third set as well, but Federer fought off a series of break points in the third set and eventually won 6-4. However, the Swiss champion couldn't carry on the momentum in the fourth set as he was broken in the first game. Federer took the fourth set in a tie-break 7-6(1), just losing one point in the tie-break. Federer didn't miss this opportunity, gained confidence, made less number of mistakes and totally dominated the final set to win the match 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-0.

Roger Federer will next face Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia in the second round. Bozoljac is a qualifier in the tournament and is ranked No. 153 in the world. He beat Nicolas Massu 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in his first round match.

Match Statistics

Roger FedererAlejandro Falla
1st Serve %89 of 151 = 59%107 of 177 = 60%
Aces218
Double Faults72
Unforced Errors4039
Winning % on 1st Serve70 of 89 = 79%72 of 107 = 67%
Winning % on 2nd Serve34 of 62 = 55%35 of 70 = 50%
Winners (Including Service)10164
Receiving Points Won70 of 179 = 39%47 of 158 = 30%
Break Point Conversions5 of 14 = 36%3 of 10 = 30%
Net Approaches35 of 53 = 66%24 of 40 = 60%
Total Points Won174154
Fastest Serve Speed 130 MPH126 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH111 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 100 MPH90 MPH

Player quotes

Roger Federer
"I definitely got very lucky today out there,"
"I lost many matches this year that I should have won. This is one I should have lost."

Match Updates

16:28 GMT : Federer pats on the back of Falla. He appreciates his effort.
16:27 GMT : Roger Federer wins 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-0
16:26 GMT : 40-30. Well played by Falla.
16:26 GMT : 40-15. Federer has two match points now.
16:26 GMT : Federer goes for a drop shot again, but misses it this time. 30-15
16:26 GMT : 30-0. Another winning drop shot from Federer.
16:25 GMT : 15-0
16:24 GMT : Federer on serve for the match.
16:24 GMT : Roger Federer gets a triple break and he leads 5-0
16:23 GMT : 30-40. Break point for Federer for a triple break in the final set.
16:23 GMT : Great point down the line from Falla. 30-30
16:22 GMT : Falla hits that wide. 15-30
16:22 GMT : 15-15
16:21 GMT : 0-15. Falla making lot of unforced errors now.
16:21 GMT : Falla on serve.
16:21 GMT : Easy hold of serve for Federer and he races to 4-0 in teh final set.
16:20 GMT : Great point for Federer. 40-0
16:20 GMT : Ace #21. 30-0
16:20 GMT : Federer on serve. Begins with Ace. #20. 15-0
16:19 GMT : Roger Federer leads 3-0 in the final set.
15:19 GMT : 40-30
15:18 GMT : 30-30
15:18 GMT : 15-30
15:17 GMT : 15-15
15:16 GMT : 15-0
15:16 GMT : Falla on serve.
15:15 GMT : Alejandro Falla gets a break early in the fourth set. He leads 1-0
15:15 GMT : Falla with the advantage again. Break point.
15:14 GMT : Back to deuce.
15:13 GMT : Advantage: Falla. Break point.
15:13 GMT : Deuce.
15:12 GMT : 40-30
15:12 GMT : 30-30
15:12 GMT : 15-30
15:11 GMT : 15-15
15:10 GMT : 0-15
15:08 GMT : Roger Federer on serve in the first game of fourth set.
15:07 GMT : Roger Federer finally back in the game taking the third set. The tide has turned. Falla leads two sets to one.
15:07 GMT : Roger Federer takes the third set 6-4
15:06 GMT : Federer with the advantage. Set point for the top seed.
15:06 GMT : Deuce. Flashing forehand winner from Falla there.
15:06 GMT : He loses the challenge. Second service here.
15:05 GMT : Falla is challening the first serve here.
15:05 GMT : He loses the challenge. 30-40. Set point for Roger Federer
15:04 GMT : Falla is challenging the call here.
15:03 GMT : 30-30
15:03 GMT : 15-30. Federer two points away from taking the third set.
15:02 GMT : 15-15
15:02 GMT : 0-15. Forehand from Falla into the net. Crunch time for Falla here.
15:01 GMT : Falla on serve.
15:00 GMT : Federer closes the match. He saved four break points in that game and leads 5-4 in the third set. Can he win the match from here?
15:00 GMT : What a match this is.
14:59 GMT : Brilliant play from Federer. Crowd on feet. Rally of the match. Advantage.
14:59 GMT : Back to deuce. Federer saves yet another break point.
14:58 GMT : Federer feeling the pressure here.
14:58 GMT : Advantage: Falla. Break point.
14:58 GMT : Big point for Federer there.
14:57 GMT : Deuce. Another break point saved. Great play from Federer
14:57 GMT : 30-40. Another break point saved and here comes the fist pump from Federer
14:57 GMT : 15-40. One break point saved.
14:57 GMT : 0-40. Three break points for Falla
14:56 GMT : 0-30
14:56 GMT : 0-15
14:53 GMT : 4-4 in the third set. Federer on serve.
14:52 GMT : Federer leads 4-3 in the third set.
14:28 GMT : Unbelievable scenes here from the Centre Court as the defending champion and 16 time Grand Slam winner is in deep trouble
14:27 GMT : Alejandro Falla wins the second set 6-4
14:27 GMT : Federer hits that one wide. Advantage: Falla
14:27 GMT : Deuce again. Great confident shot from Falla there.
14:26 GMT : Federer with the advantage. Break back point.
14:26 GMT : Deuce again as Falla hits the low volley into the net.
14:25 GMT : Unforced error from Federer gives Falla the third set point in this game.
14:24 GMT : Deuce again. Federer survives again.
14:24 GMT : Great serve from Falla. Another set point here.
14:23 GMT : Great point from Federer. Back to deuce.
14:23 GMT : Advantage: Falla. Set point.
14:22 GMT : Deuce.
14:22 GMT : Falla hits that wide. 30-40. Break back point for Federer.
14:21 GMT : 30-30
14:21 GMT : Expensive error there from Falla
14:21 GMT : 15-30
14:20 GMT : 15-15
14:19 GMT : 0-15. Falla hits that one wide.
14:18 GMT : Falla to serve for the second set.
14:18 GMT : Federer holds serve. 4-5
14:17 GMT : 40-0
14:17 GMT : 30-0
14:17 GMT : 15-0
14:17 GMT : Federer on serve to stay in the second set.
14:16 GMT : Federer hits that one long and Falla holds serve for 5-3
14:15 GMT : Federer hits that one long. Advantage: Falla
14:15 GMT : Deuce.
14:14 GMT : Great play from Federer. 40-30
14:14 GMT : 40-15
14:13 GMT : 30-15
14:13 GMT : 15-15
14:13 GMT : He loses it. 0-15
14:12 GMT : Falla challenges the call there.
14:11 GMT : The defending champion is in deep trouble here. Falla on serve.
14:10 GMT : Alejandro Falla gets the break and he leads 4-3 in the second set.
14:10 GMT : 15-40. Two break points for Alejandro Falla.
14:09 GMT : Good serve there from Federer. 15-30
14:09 GMT : Another unforced error from Federer. 0-30
14:08 GMT : Good point down the line by Falla there. 0-15
14:07 GMT : Falla holds serve. 3-3 in the second set.
14:07 GMT : 9 unforced errors for Federer against 8 for Falla
14:06 GMT : 40-30. Unforced error from Federer there.
14:06 GMT : 30-30
14:06 GMT : 30-15. Federer slips again during that point.
14:05 GMT : 15-15
14:04 GMT : Challenge here for Falla for the opening serve. He wins it. 15-0
14:03 GMT : Federer holds serve. Leads 3-2 in the second set.
14:02 GMT : Ace from Federer. 40-15
14:02 GMT : 30-15
14:02 GMT : 15-15
14:02 GMT : 16 strokes in that last rally.
14:01 GMT : 0-15. Federer's backhand volley goes wide.
14:00 GMT : Federer on serve.
14:00 GMT : Falla holds serve. 2-2 in the second set.
14:00 GMT : 40-30. Another backhand error there from Federer
13:59 GMT : 30-30. Federer
13:59 GMT : 15-30. Decent return of serve from Federer there.
13:57 GMT : 15-15. Falla on serve.
13:56 GMT : Federer holds serve. 2-1 in the second set.
13:56 GMT : 40-15
13:56 GMT : 30-15
13:55 GMT : 15-15
13:55 GMT : Federer on serve. 15-0
13:54 GMT : The first set took 38 minutes.
13:54 GMT : Ace from Falla and he holds the serve. 1-1 in the first set.
13:53 GMT : 40-0. Falla has three points to hold for 1-1 in the second set.
13:53 GMT : 30-0
13:52 GMT : Falla on serve. 15-0
13:52 GMT : Federer holds serve. Leads 1-0 in the second set.
13:51 GMT : Another ace from Federer. 40-30
13:51 GMT : 30-30. Federer comes up to the net, but nice shot there from Falla
13:51 GMT : 4 aces for Federer against 1 for Falla
13:51 GMT : 30-15
13:50 GMT : Double fault here from Federer. 15-15
13:50 GMT : Good serve from Federer. 15-0
13:49 GMT : Roger Federer on serve in the first game of second set.
13:47 GMT : Alejandro Falla takes the first set 7-5. What a game there from Falla. Federer in trouble early in the tournament here.
13:47 GMT : 40-30. Set point for Alejandro Falla
13:46 GMT : Federer hits the backhand way out. 30-30
13:46 GMT : 15-30. Federer hits that one long.
13:45 GMT : 0-30. Falla hits that long and Federer has an opening here to get the break back.
13:44 GMT : 0-15. Backhand volley from Falla, but Federer is positioned perfectly to hit that shot into the open court.
13:43 GMT : Federer in trouble here as Falla will now serve for the first set.
13:43 GMT : Alejandro Falla gets the break and goes up 6-5
13:42 GMT : 30-40. Federer saves one break point.
13:42 GMT : Federer under a little bit of pressure here.
13:42 GMT : 15-40. Two break points for Alejandro Falla.
13:41 GMT : 15-30
13:41 GMT : 0-30. Opening here for Falla to get a break.
13:40 GMT : Double fault there from Roger Federer. First in the match. 0-15
13:40 GMT : Federer on serve.
13:40 GMT : 30 minutes of play so far in the match.
13:39 GMT : Falla holds serve. 5-5 in the first set.
13:39 GMT : 40-15. Nice volley there from Federer.
13:38 GMT : 40-0
13:38 GMT : Another good serve from Falla. 30-0
13:38 GMT : Good serve. 15-0
13:37 GMT : Players change ends. Falla on serve.
13:36 GMT : Federer holds serve easily. He leads 5-4
13:36 GMT : 40-0
13:36 GMT : 30-0
13:35 GMT : 15-0
13:35 GMT : Federer on serve.
13:35 GMT : Falla holds serve. 4-4 in the first set.
13:34 GMT : 40-0
13:34 GMT : 30-0
13:34 GMT : Federer's forehand shot catches the net. 15-0
13:33 GMT : Falla on serve.
13:32 GMT : Federer holds serve. No breaks of serve yet in the match. Federer leads 4-3
13:32 GMT : 40-15
13:31 GMT : 40-0. Federer has three points to hold for 4-3
13:31 GMT : 30-0
13:31 GMT : Federer on serve. 15-0
13:31 GMT : Falla holds serve. 3-3 in the first set.
13:30 GMT : Challenge from Falla and he wins it. First service again.
13:29 GMT : 30-30
13:28 GMT : Good serve there from Falla as Federer couldn't send the return shot past the net.
13:28 GMT : 0-30. Federer slips during that point, but he regroups to win a great point.
13:28 GMT : 18 strokes in that last rally.
13:27 GMT : Federer comes up to the net, but Falla hits that one long. 0-15
13:26 GMT : Alejandro Falla on serve.
13:25 GMT : Great serve there from Federer. He holds serve and leads 3-2 in the first set.
13:25 GMT : 40-0
13:25 GMT : 30-0
13:24 GMT : 15-0. A great rally there.
13:23 GMT : Federer on serve.
13:23 GMT : Alejandro Falla holds serve to level the first set 2-2
13:23 GMT : Federer hits the return long. Advantage: Falla
13:22 GMT : Good serve there from Falla. Back to deuce.
13:22 GMT : Federer with the advantage. Another break point here.
13:21 GMT : Deuce.
13:20 GMT : 30-40. Break point here for Federer.
13:18 GMT : Alejandro Falla on serve. 30-15
13:17 GMT : Federer leads 2-1 in the first set.
13:13 GMT : 40-15. Falla has two points to hold for 1-1 in the first set.
13:13 GMT : 30-15
13:13 GMT : 30-0
13:13 GMT : 15-0
13:12 GMT : Falla on serve.
13:11 GMT : Roger Federer holds serve in the first game of the match. He leads 1-0
13:11 GMT : 40-30
13:11 GMT : 40-15
13:11 GMT : 40-0. Federer has three points to hold for 1-0
13:11 GMT : 30-0
13:11 GMT : 15-0
13:10 GMT : Roger Federer on serve in the first game of the match.
12:59 GMT : The match will begin shortly.

Match Preview

Roger Federer is from Switzerland and is seeded No. 2 in the tournament. He is the defending champion at Wimbledon and has won the tournament six times. Federer holds the record with the most number of Grand Slam singles titles (16). He won the Australian Open this year and lost in the quarterfinals of French Open 2010.

Alenjandro Falla is from Colombia and is ranked No. 65 in the world. Falla reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2004, 2006 and 2007. His best performance in a grand slam tournament is reaching the third round at Australian Open this year.

Head to Head

Federer holds an unbeaten 4-0 record against Alejandro Falla. They last played in the round of 16 at Gerry Weber Open 2010 where Federer won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Federer beat Falla twice in French Open (2006, 2010) and at Wimbledon (2004).

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