Three-time champ Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals at Basel today followign a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Andreas Seppi.
“I had to save break points today, which I didn’t have to do in the first round, so I thought it was a bit tougher,” said Federer. “But I was able to raise my game at a few crucial moments and that was the difference today.”
Federer is making his first main draw tournament appearance since his US Open loss to Juan Martin Del Potro – Federer did play Davis Cup in mid September for Switzerland.
Also today, Jeremy Chardy eased past slumping American James Blake 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. John Isner scored his first career win over Fernando Gonzalez and Stan Wawrinka needed three sets to beat Ivan Ljubicic. Richard Gasquet and London longshot Marin Cilic also were victorious.
Tommorow, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic will seek his 18th quarterfinal (or better) on the season when he meets Czech Jan Hernych. Other matches of interest include Isner v Gasquet, Wawrinka v. Jarkko Nieminen, Evgeny Korolev v. Chardy (with the winner to play Federer on Friday) and Cilic v. Troicki.
In Valencia, top seed Andy Murray, No. 2 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 4 seed Fernando Verdasco will all see second round action on Thursday. In a rarity, two players born on the same day (May 15, 1987), Murray and Argentine Leonardo Mayer will meet for the very first time.
Meanwhile, Davydenko takes a 2-1 advantage against Argentine Juan Monaco, and Verdasco looks for his first win (0-2) against Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
Both Davydenko and Verdasco are trying to solidify their London bids with strong performances this week.
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