Well, as was to be expected it was a tough tussle in the end- from the matches I have seen between them it always took Gaudio a set to settle down and then when he does that is when he really starts to trouble Rogi.
As was mentioned on a vast majority of the BPs Federer didn't give them away, rather Gaudio won them.
The thing that baffles me the most about Gaudio is that he looks so mediocre and incompetent for a few points in succession, and then when his back is to the wall he suddenly transforms himself and starts playing unbelievable tennis. If only he could play the way he did when he saved the BPs during the entire match he would be top 5 material. But then again, there is no point in getting into 'what ifs'.
I am glad that Roger got through and by doing so has hopefully shaken off the rust from not playing for so long. I am optimistic he will improve in his next matches- and of course to walk away with the win under his belt takes off a lot of the pressure and gives him more margin for error for the rest of his group stage matches. Well done