Radu Albot says dealing with Roger Federer’s serve will be the key to their match at the Swiss Indoors tonight.
The world no 49 meets Federer for just the second time when they battle for a place in the quarter-finals.
Albot got his first taste of playing the Swiss star in March when they met in the Miami Masters.
And the Moldovan made a fine start to the match as he won the first set 6-4.
But Federer fought back to avoid the upset and completed a 4-6 7-5 6-3 win.
The Swiss would go on to improve through the tournament and ultimately win it with victory over John Isner in the final.
And one aspect of Federer’s game clearly caught Albot’s attention.
He said: “When you play against him, he can serve anywhere, in any part of the court and at any score even on the second serve which everyone thinks is weaker, not Roger in particular, but any opponent.
“His second serve is also pretty good and I remember this impressed me after the match in Miami.
“Of course Isner is serving much stronger and different angles but Roger is serving when he needs to and pretty accurate.
“Other big servers serve in an area you can reach but when Roger is serving is goes away from you.
“But this was just one time I played him, maybe you can get a better answer from Rafa [Nadal], they’ve played fifty times.
“It will be the second time I will compete against Roger and we’ll see how he serves.”
But despite his respect of Federer’s serve, Albot says he won’t be daunted by the prospect of facing him.
He said: “It is important to have a match under your belt to understand how he players so when you go on the court you are not super excited.
“I think the most important thing is not to lose the match before you get on court.
“This will not happen to me [and] hopefully I can play good. If I play good, everything can happen.”
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