Nadal, Federer Cruise Into Quarterfinals; Serena Two Sets From No. 1 Ranking In Doha
by Staff | February 14th, 2013, 11:43 pm
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Former No. 1s Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both eased into quarterfinal berths at their respective events on Thursday by identical scorelines. Federer, the top seed in Rotterdam, had no trouble with local favorite Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-4. Federer, a two-time champion at the tournament including a win last year, will face Julien Benneteau tomorrow.

“It’s always good when you start the tournament late, to start strong,” said Federer. “If you want to win the tournament, you need to win five matches in five days. So it’s good to save energy. You relax a little bit once you reach the second or third round. I’m really happy to be back in Rotterdam and starting the tournament so well.”

Federer lost to Benneteau a few years ago at the Paris indoors, and nearly lost last year at Wimbledon, overcoming a 2-set deficit.

“I’m aware that he plays me tough and well. I know I’m in for a tough match,” said Federer. “He’s a really good player. He can take it to you by returning, serving [and] moving well. He’s a good anticipator. He’s won his matches convincingly, so he knows where his game is at and he’s found his range.”

Juan Martin Del Potro also advanced while the hot-handed Richard Gasquet was bounced by Marcos Baghdatis.

In South America, Rafael Nadal’s comeback resumed as the former No. 1 downed qualifier Joao Souza 6-3, 6-4. In the quarterfinals tomorrow he’ll meet Carlos Berloq. Second seed Nicolas Almagro was also a winner, and he moves on to a showdown Friday against the returning David Nalbandian.

On the WTA, Serena Williams is just one win from regaining the No. 1 ranking. The 31-year-old is in the quarterfinals of Doha where she’ll take on fellow Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. If she beats the Czech, she’ll become the oldest woman ever to rank No. 1.

“It’s awesome,” Williams said of the honor. “Since I didn’t do the youngest, I figure I’ll do the oldest.”

Serena has won 58 of let last 61 matches and she has not lost a set in three previous matches with Kvitova.

Also on Friday, Maria Sharapova meets Sam Stosur, Victoria Azarenka faces Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwanska collides with Caroline Wozniacki. The current No. 1 Azarenka recorded her sixth career double bagel after a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of American Christina McHale.

“I felt like I came out very focused, with a good mindset and a good game plan,” Azarenka said. “There were a few close games, but I felt like I was really taking advantage of every opportunity I had and not letting her play her game.”


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103 Comments for Nadal, Federer Cruise Into Quarterfinals; Serena Two Sets From No. 1 Ranking In Doha

skeezer Says:

Finally! No drama tennis coming up. Oh, my left nut hurts, this is nearly impossible to win, and, I don’t like painted courts and I need time for water bottle alignment. Only then, with my Unc Toni’s approval, maybe I can win. Please accomodate me. Symposize my issues. I love you ladies.

Pahleasssse ! Thank God for tennis players like Fed!
Play Tennis Mon, may the best MAN win.


budum Says:

Guys Rafa and Roger had the same scores in their wins! What do you make of this anomaly? Does this mean we will see them in the Wimbledon final and Roger won’t be able to see the ball after 3 PM?


alison Says:

Skeezer LMAO great post,love watching Rafa without the drama too,not to mention Fed where theres never any drama.


Giles Says:

skeezer. I will try to be physio just to fix your left nut! Is your right nut ok? No? Sorry, only work on left nuts and butts!
No drama? Boring!!!


skeezer Says:

Just tryin to keep humour goin. Believe or not hope Rafa makes it back and competes strong. Just wish he would leave the drama behind and just play or not. His comments leave him ripe for critism from low lifes like me. Know he is struggling….c’mon Rafa just man up and kick butt when you can and leave the other bullsh!t behind! Vamos!


Giles Says:

I think the ATP have messed up big time in Sao Paulo. Last time I checked this is an ATP event albeit a 250. Why are they playing with supermarket balls? Numerous complaints from the players, not just balls but the courts as well. Dustin Brown twisted his ankle and Hidalgo badly sprained his ankle and had to retire from his match. #NotOnAtp


Giles Says:

I know Rafa needs the practice but there is a part of me that just wishes he would get the hell out of there ASAP! Don’t want anymore injuries please tennis gods!!


liliana Says:

am i the only one that listen nadal and think make every thing he says make no sense?
rafa: “my knee is still bothering me, im like 70%, i hope next week improves and by next month it will be better with zero pain”
OH CAME ON !!!!!
what? now, to heal your knee you need to play like mad for the next 4 weeks singles doubles?
i thought you dont play for the last 7 months to heal, now you say playing a lot will recover your knee??? wtf???
did not you say you wont rush your return and only came back when you were 100%?? or i was dreaming??
what a clown!!!!
like a said with serena, this is sport, not a soup opera, drama queens not required, since you cant just shut up an play (ironic since he always say “i will let my raquect do the talk”) just get out of here… now!!!!
i watched good tennis for the last half year, good sport, fair play, etc… now, i will had to tolerate you again $%^%#%$$%


steve-o Says:

Quite a fun match between Dimitrov and Baghdatis. A lot of creative shotmaking and flair. And they’re both quite temperamental, as well.

Dimitrov is phenomenally talented but he has a tendency to overthink it sometimes and play too elaborately. Still it looks like he will win this one, credit to him for toughing it out.


volley Says:

“not a soup opera”

indeed.


sienna Says:

Rafa is a disgrace. He is bullying atp alvast hyjacking it with his complaining attitude.
A spoilt child is the best way to describe him.

Considering the man has leftp the playerscouncil and with that he has declined all off his rights to complain about issues concerning players and there well being.

Before it really gets painfull and sad somebody must stop him.


sienna Says:

Rafa with his ongoing complaining is undermining the tennis tour. With his false intentions and his fake attitude he is nothing but a trouble maker.

He choose to stay away from tennis for 7 months and he is now starting to try and raise some issues like we care.


alison Says:

Giles/Skeezer thankyou for the links,both were interesting.


alison Says:

Liliana i dont know whom your favorite player is?but unless Rafa is playing your favorite then my advice would be dont watch him,its your own personal choice nobodys forcing you to tolerate him.


Giles Says:

http://globotv.globo.com/rede-globo/globo-esporte-sp/v/dona-tania-nadalete-senior-realiza-sonho-de-conhecer-nadal/2408225/
This video is hilarious in parts, watch the elderly lady’s emotions!
@skeezer. It is not only the young short skirted chicks that adore Rafa!! Lol


Giles Says:

alison. You fell for the bait! Let them bark!


juljo724 Says:

TY Giles for stating the obvious to skeezer. Am tired of all of us sexist remarks (fangirls obsessed with Rafa, and the like that he always adds). Some of us women actually like tennis for other reasons. It is possible skeezer. The fact that Rafa is handsome did not factor in whether I like him or anyone else or tennis for that fact.


juljo724 Says:

“us” supposed to be “the”


skeezer Says:

@giles

I had it reversed. Mostly thought it was older single ladies….. ;)


alison Says:

Giles thanks for that video,lol just love that ladys reaction absolutely priceless,so sweet when Rafa hugged and kissed her,she was so emotional she was in tears,and Rafa was a complete gentleman,whatever peoples feelings are about the guy,he was a complete profesional in this case,really making time for the fans like that.


Giles Says:

^^^ Rafa ALWAYS makes time for his adoring fans, both on court and off court.


Giles Says:

C’mon Serena!


Giles Says:

Well done Serena. Hard fight!


Krishna Says:

Wow so Serena is the new #1 now. Congrats to her :)


the_mind_reels Says:

I’m not watching Federer v. Benneteau (is anyone here?), but so far, it seems like it’s a bit all over the place. They’ve traded breaks and are at 2-2.


Nole Rules Says:

First set to Benneteau.Federer totally out of sorts.


Tennis X guy Says:

Benneteau playing super aggressive tennis.He’s even going for big second serves.


Tennis X guy Says:

Benneteau breaks in the second set to lead 3-1.Federer playing at 25%.Will take the flight back home without the trophy in all likelihood.


the DA Says:

Roger is out of sorts but Benneteau is really asking all the questions. As someone else pointed out – super aggressive. Benneteau has always caused problems for periods of matches they’ve had. Anyway, 6-3 4-1.


the DA Says:

Typical Benneteau, plays two dreadful points and gives Fed the opening, which he takes to break back. Just remembering the Wimbledon match which he should have won. Could this be the comeback from Roger?


John Says:

Maybe Fed will put his foot on the gas and Benny boy will lose some steam. Fed breaks back servivng at 4-3.


the DA Says:

Benny survives 3 BPs. No sign of wobbling yet. fed serving to stay in the match and force a TB.


the DA Says:

Benneteau pulls off the upset! Fed was off his game but full credit to Benny for not blinking.


Tennis X guy Says:

Federer loses 3-6,7-5.A combination of two factors:Federer being horribly off his game and Benneteau playing super aggressive tennis.Im a Federer fan but i have to admit that the chance of his title drought continuing till Halle is a very real possibility if he dosent win Dubai.


the DA Says:

^ he needs to retain Dubai as well as IW because on Monday his points will drop to 9855. The points gap with No. 3 will narrow to 1600.


Tennis X guy Says:

@The DA are you taking into account the fact that Murray will lose the 300 points that he won last year since he’s not playing Dubai this year?


the DA Says:

^ yep, took that into account.


alison Says:

Damn didnt see that one coming,was sure that when Roger got those BPs,that he would break take that 2nd set and go on to win the match,still congrats to Julian for pulling off the W,that was an impressive performance,my money would be on Delpo now to take the title hopefully,be nice to see Julian build some momentum and take this result forward to the next match.


RZ Says:

Julian’s game certainly gives Roger some trouble.


Humble Rafa Says:

Atleast I am losing in finals. Some listless players are losing in the quaters to no name players. I shall name no names.


Tennis X guy Says:

@The DA Here’s my estimate on the rankings.Current points(not counting today’s result)
Federer:10265,Murray:8480,PD:1785
Murray has withdrawn from dubai and ill assume federer wins this title since the courts at dubai are ery fast.now the points stand at
federer 10265,murray:8180,PD=.IW murray is just defending 10 points.I expect him to make it to the SF’s atleast and maybe the final if federer is drawn in his half and federer falling in the final to nole.Now the points tally:Federer:9865,Murray:8530,PD:1335
Federer not playing Miami so he’ll lose 90 points and i expect Murray to match his 2012 Miami run.Now the points tally Federer 9775,Murray:8530,PD:1245.Federer isnt playing MC so his points remain the same.Murray went out in the QF and i think he will match that since MC is the slowest Clay court and that there are many players better than him at the moment on clay.Madrid:Federer i suspect will lose in the final now that red clay is back again and i expect Murray to make a SF run here.Now the points tally:Federer:9375,Murray:8890,PD:485.Rome i expect Federer to match his S/F run and murray to also make it to the S/F’s.Points tally:Federer:9375,Murray:9205,PD:170.A slender for Federer going into the FO.I expect there wont be any points change after that.Federer i assume will win Halle and Murray will win Queens so the tally:Federer:9475,Murray:9435,PD:40.I suspect Murray will reach #2 at Canada and most likely hold on to it until Shanghai.After that uts a toss up really.I would love to get your two cents on this as well.


Tennis X guy Says:

@Humble Rafa how is Julien Benneteau a no name player?Please elucidate.Please enlighten all of us ignoramuses with your vast tennis knowledge.


the DA Says:

@tennis X guy – those scenarios are certainly feasible. Fed just has to hope this rustiness is temporary. As for Dubai, the courts are fast but there’s a strong field (Berdy, Delpo, Tsonga) and Nole has beaten him there. As for IW who knows? Fed is more vulnerable on slower courts these days. Of course Murray could also screw up his chances and go out early again. It makes the upcoming months quite interesting.


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble Rafa how is Julien Benneteau a no name player?

He has never won a title. Enough said.

Win loss record until this tournament: 6-4
Career win loss record: 197-208

A player does not become accomplished because he beats someone. Need to keep perspective.

I recommend you view the world without your rose colored glasses, for your own sake.


The Great Davy Says:

I was no name even at number third player in world, no body care about the Davydenko. To many, the Davydenko was just the James Bond villain look-alike with the tennis racquet.


Nole Rules Says:

@Tennis X guy i think you misread humble rafa’s post.I dont think he meant to imply that Benneteau was an obscure,”nothing” player but that he did not want to name the player who the listless person lost to.


Tennis X Guy Says:

@HR-Benneteau is regarded by many as the best player to never win a title.He also came within one set of beating a 17 time slam champion which is an amazing achievement.Also add the fact that he has an olympic medal and one reaches the conclusion that he’s far from being a no name player.Anyways i apologise if i offended you in any way.Cheers!


jane Says:

It does seem the race for #2 is heating up.

Also, how close is Rafa to getting back #4. Is it quiet possible for him to do so pre-FO, given how many clay points he’s defending prior to then?


Brando Says:

WOW- who saw that coming?

Some folks were laughing real hard at rafa’s loss, not showing ANY consideration to the fact that it’s his first tourny back after 7 long months!

And now before you know it: it bites them in their behind when their fav loses to the world no.39 continuing his title drought of 6 long months!

Benny has beaten fed in 2 out of last 4 meetings now, pushed him to 5 in wimby where he should have won making it 3/4:

Are now going to say that fed is the whipping boy of the world conquering no. 39?

Of course NOT!

Why?

Because it would be disrespectful to do so- just like it is disrespectful to knock rafa when clearly the guy is on a bit of a downer!

Folks need to show some PERSPECTIVE and UNDERSTANDING when they assess a players situation and also show some respect towards a player when he is on a bit of a bad run!

That’s far better to do as opposed to kicking them with a cheap dig when they are down just because you senselessly hate them!

Re Fed:

He’s just came back from a break, clearly was rusty and on an fast court the likes of Benny can take advantage of such form.

Wouldn’t read too much into it, he’ll be better in Dubai i would imagine!


Brando Says:

@Jane:

Re rafa: No- not realistically speaking IMO.

First he has to defend:

SF at IW and MI, then W at MC, ROME, BARCELONA.

That is a huge task for him to do so on a comeback.

Plus the world no.4 Ferrer is a 1,000 points clear, he close to zero to defend at MC, rafa shall skip MADRID where ferru shall play.

Unless something ridiculous happens rafa will be either 5 or 6 seed at the FO- which would look very, very strange!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Haas, Beneteau, Nalbandian win, its the revenge of the New Balls Generation Undercard


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wimbledon retains the right to jiggle seeds, does the French?


alison Says:

Brando great post,However its not like you or my self as Rafa fans are taking pot shots at Fed,but only congratulating Julian on the win,as Rogers a fantastic player and a great champion,and will bounce back soon enough anyway,were Rafas fans panicking after the loss last week? answer NO,should Fed fans be panicking about this loss?again answer NO,does it mean both are in decline after 1 defeat?answer again NO,ridiculous talk?answer YES,for gods sake have some perspective folks.


Wog boy Says:

I wander how and why some people think that Federer is the favorite to win Dubai? Just to remind you that Nole won three out of last four, not to mention the other players and that Federer is not playing in form he played last year. That comes with ages, no?


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Spot on as always! :-)


Brando Says:

@TV:

Every slam BAR Wimby just follows the rankings.

Rafa, IMO, will more than likely be a non- top 4 seed for FO.

But it doesn’t matter right now: FO is over 3 months away and there are some major events prior to it:

Acapulco /Dubai, IW, MI, MC, Barcelona Open, Madrid, Rome.

Let’s just enjoy these for now!


Wog boy Says:

One more thing, Official Court Pace Rating for Dubai is 3 which means medium speed, not even 4 (medium-fast, like AO)) and not to mention 5 (fast- like USO). Maybe the conditions are fast, maybe the balls are fast but not the court, even Nadal won it beating Federer in final, methinks.


volley Says:

“Some folks were laughing real hard at rafa’s loss, ”

karma is a bitch.

“Wimbledon retains the right to jiggle seeds”

that sounds really lurid.


Brando Says:

This is the FIRST match i am seeing on rafa’s return and i most say that this is the WORST i have EVER seen him play.

So listless beyond belief.

He has a long, long, long, long while to go before he returns to his former self! :-(


alison Says:

^Yeah im only going by the scores,but he had 4BP oppotunities in that 1st game and squandered them all,got broken,broke back only to get sloppy and loose his serve again straight away:-(,still only a set down,so alls not lost just yet.


the DA Says:

^ I agree. He doesn’t look comfortable. The terrible court doesn’t help – he almost turned an ankle running up to a volley. They had to fix that area. Maybe he’s just tuned out and doesn’t want to risk it.


Giles Says:

As I said earlier I just wish he would get the hell out of Sao Paulo. The courts are in a disgraceful condition together with the supermarket balls. Juan Monaco said he was afraid to move on the court.


Brando Says:

This Berlocq character is also playig well. Nice single handed BH!


Brando Says:

Yeah, the conditions are awful. A coupe FH rafa hit with a motion that looked ridiculous. Just did not want to follow on this awful surface.


Brando Says:

A love hold- good to see!


alison Says:

Agree with Giles,not that i agree with it but maybe he should just tank the match and get the hell out,hes had enough match practice there anyway,however thats not to take anything away from Berlocq.


Giles Says:

Two players already out injured, Dustin Brown twisted his ankle, Hidalgo badly sprained his ankle and had to retire from his match. There are holes in the court. Very dangerous indeed!


RZ Says:

Also Berloq isn’t a guy who gives up. I remember watching him get hammered by Nole a few years ago at the US Open. Even when he was down something like 6-1 6-0 4-1 he was still giving it all he had to win points/games.


Alok Says:

Julien has more or less nearly always given Fed problems. Thus, his beating Fed is not a big surprise for me due to Fed not picking up hi racket since the AO.

Even if some Fed posters were being somewhat unkind towards Rafa’s loss at Chile, does it make it right for ALL Fed fans to be reminded of what comes back to bite and karma etc.? I don’t see why, but enjoy the laughter anyway if it makes some of you happy.

I wonder how some faves will play at 31? Whether Fed wins or loses, it’s a pleasure for me to see him still playing and being competitive. Who knows what will happen to some of the current players as nothing lasts forever, and injuries have a way of getting into the mix and throwing a curve ball to even the healthiest of players.


Giles Says:

Berlocq has nothing to lose but for Rafa playing on this court, could be very detrimental. Give up the match Rafa!!


Brando Says:

Yikes Alison: your scaring me with that bit of news!:-(


Brando Says:

Meant to be Giles, not Ailson re the horror stat!


Giles Says:

The courts are so bad that Rafa went somewhere else to practice!!


Brando Says:

VAMOS! 2nd set won!


Alok Says:

The grunting from Berlocq is enough to give his opponent a serious headache and is very distracting IMO.


Wog boy Says:

According to stats, I cannot watch it, Rafa doesn’t have a good serving day?


alison Says:

Sorry Brando just saying.
Alok as a Rafa fan i only congratulated Julian on his win,to gloat about Feds loss is just plain childish,and i agree its amazing Feds still playing the level he is at 31,TBH im just glad Rafas back playing thats all.


Brando Says:

Darn it, Berlocq breaks. Rafa’s serve is AWOL here!


John Says:

Wow first Fed loses and now maybe Nadal!

What a bad day…:)


alison Says:

John its looking pretty likely,unless a miracle happens:-(.


John Says:

Is it just me or is the entire crowd cheering Nadal?


John Says:

Not so fast Alsion!

Nadal breaks back, I think he takes the third 7-5 or 6-4.

Sure is noisy.


John Says:

That Berlocq seems to be trying to grunt Rafa off the court hahah.

He really grunts loud.


Giles Says:

Vamos my Champ. Eeked out the “W”!


Giles Says:

alison. Miracles do happen!


alison Says:

John lets just say im not too hopefull about RG this year,im doubting he will make it no 8,unless he gets his act together and plays much better than today,he got through by the skin of his teeth,just happy for that ATM:-),BTW sorry about Roger today:-(.


alison Says:

Giles i was actually preparing myself for a defeat,i suppose i should have had more faith,after all hes not called the king of clay for nothing,vamos Rafa.


alison Says:

^Snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat,or a Carlos Berlocq choke job,not sure which,either way dont care.^


Brando Says:

VAMOS!

Fantastic win that was!

Rafa is playing … inconsistently!

Their is moments of real tennis brilliance, some of true awfulness, but alot of grit and fight.

Clearly he is short of matches and form.

How do you get that back?

Play more matches, have more time on court and try to get as many W under your belt.

Thankfully rafa has another match here- it shall be tough: but that is exactly what the doctor ordered!

Re RG: That is months away- it’s completely irrelevant to rafa at the moment!

I just hope he gets as many matches as possible under his belt on the latin swing!

Anything else is a bonus as far as i am concerned!

VAMOS RAFA!


alison Says:

Brando yeah one step at a time,not a great performance i gather,but whatever way you cut it a wins a win,like Rafa only think of the next game,and no furthur than that.


Giles Says:

alison. Did you not read the link I posted earlier? All the matches are a work in progress for Rafa. He has said that he doesn’t expect to be fully fit until about Monte Carlo.
Be patient! He will get there! #VamosChamp


Giles Says:

Just glad he came out in one piece!


Brando Says:

‘Just glad he came out in one piece!’

I share that sentiment completely!

This court is a hazardous one.


Giles Says:

Brando. Apparently ATP passed the court fit to play on! #Unbelievable


Kimberly Says:

Nadal needs matches. Badly. Each win will get him to a better level. Hope he stays with it. It is demoralizing to struggle with people that u used to destroy but that’s what happens when u r gone for seven months.

Federer has always struggled with benneteau andn Simon nothing new. In a grand slam he guts it out and wins but in smaller tournaments they seem to get him. Not sure what it is about their games that bother him.

Serena, the world number 1. Impressive and nice for American tennis. The top four seeds all get to the semis in Doha, nice phase for womens tennis


Steve 27 Says:

Vamos camaradas! The 8 is a magical number btw.


jane Says:

Kimberly, ” The top four seeds all get to the semis in Doha, nice phase for women’s tennis”

Yes there’s definitely been some growing consistency in the last year or so.


alison Says:

Giles yeah i did read the link thanks,your right all a work in progress,these things dont happen overnight,im sure as Kimberly said the more he plays the better he will get,fingers crossed,it was always a tall order to be expected to fire on all cilendars from the get go,especially after no play for 7 months.


Giles Says:

alison. And all us fans can do is support him through this difficult phase ! #VamosRafa

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