Federer, Nadal Breeze In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Advance In Valencia
by Staff | October 22nd, 2014, 7:08 pm
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Top tennis draws Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both breezed today in early round play in Basel. Playing in his first match, home favorite and 5-time tournament champion Federer blew out Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-2 in just 47 minutes.

“I am very happy with how the first round went here,” said Federer. “It was totally different to Shanghai, when I saved five match points [v Mayer]. This time around, I was really in control from the get-go. I hope I can keep this level up.”

Federer plays tomorrow against Denis Istomin. “He really imposes his game, with a big forehand, backhand and serve,” said Federer of the Uzbek. “He can be dangerous on return too. I have to be sharp on my own service games, which was a problem here against him last year.”

In addition to seeking a sixth Basel title, Federer is also chasing Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking.

Earlier, Nadal crushed French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals. On Friday, Nadal, who’s also battling appendicitis, will face either Borna Coric or Andrey Golubev. The 17-year-old Coric just beat Ernests Gulbis.

Also, Grigor Dimitrov fended off teen Alex Zverev in three sets. David Goffin also remained hot. Milos Raonic is on tomorrow.

In Valencia, London chasers Andy Murray and David Ferrer both won. Playing on his home soil – unlike Nadal who opted for the more lucrative Basel event – Ferrer eased past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5. Ferrer now faces Fernando Verdasco tomorrow.

Murray had no trouble with Jurgen Melzer ousting the Austrian 6-3, 6-3. Next for Murray in Fabio Fognini.

Meanwhile Pablo Andujar sent off Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2.


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48 Comments for Federer, Nadal Breeze In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Advance In Valencia

James Says:

Wouldn’t say Murray had “no trouble” against Melzer, he was broken three times and only won 6 points on his second serve!


skeezer Says:

So is Nadal in Basel to battle appendicitis or to battle in Tennis? Funny how the hype wants to confuse the 2. Either your fit play and you play to win, or you’re not. No excuses either way. Unless you’re just here to collect an appearance fee….doh!


Colin Says:

An uneven match – brilliant shots alternating with loose ones. I hope, and expect, that Andy will be more settled against Fognini. Melzer showed some impressive racquet-smashing skills; I wonder what the Italian will get up to this time. Let’s hope he doesn’t give the crowd the finger again!


Michael Says:

It is heartening that both the Champions posted emphatic wins at Basel. May be, we will be witness to a Roger vs Rafa final after quite sometime ?


pogi Says:

is Nadal really have appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix.

Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity.


Colin Says:

@ pogi : look up “chronic appendicitis”. It used to be called “grumbling appendix”.


Okiegal Says:

Pogi is way out of the loop on this one……I guess has been on walkabout……lol


Giles Says:

skeezer. Appearance fees are good, no? Nothing for fed? :(


Polo Says:

Pogi, with current technology (CT scan) appendicitis can be differentiated into 2 types, one that needs emergency appendectomy and one that can be treated with antibiotics. The latter is called uncomplicated appendicitis. This is most likely Nadal’s case.


RZ Says:

I think Rafa might have had the appendix issue before Shanghai. If you remember, shortly before the Shanghai tournament, he dropped out of the off-season exhibitions stating health reasons, even though he was returning to the tour around the same time he made that announcement.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…….^^^^^ You are right, I had forgot all about that, I remember thinking at the time it must have been the wrist, but very will could have been the onset of the appendicitis.


Giles Says:

Didn’t Rafa play an Exo with Tsonga in Kazakhstan?? What other Exos was he scheduled to play?


Margot Says:

Andy Murray, you little beaut!
Comms were very appreciative, saying coming back from a back op was a “huge ask” and what Andy is doing at the mo is “remarkable.”
Also commenting on how well he’s moving, back to pre op. speed.
Go Andy!


Polo Says:

Always nice to see the Big 4 doing well. Djokovic still in peak form in spite of the distractions, Federer resufacing with a solid semblance of his old formidable form, Nadal still scary good and Federer’s kryptonite no matter what physical ailment ravages his body, and Murray starting to show focus and determination again (I believe his quest to make it to the YEC has beautifully reset his brain). I hope they all play in the YEC and may they all play their best. And may the best man win. Of course, I hope that would be Federer.


RZ Says:

@Giles – Rafa was scheduled to play in the new International Premier Tennis League during the off-season but withdrew due to health reasons. The story of his withdrawal was overshadowed somewhat by the announcement that Federer replaced him, followed by Fed’s “photoshop RF” twitter challenge.

Here’s one of the articles that mentions “health problems”: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/09/22/tennis-league-nadal-idINKCN0HH14720140922


RZ Says:

@Margot – yay! Now that Berdych lost early, I really hope that Andy makes a move and wins Valencia to move ahead of Berdych.


Giles Says:

@RZ. Didn’t realise you were referring to the IPTL Exos. He withdrew due to his wrist problems. The appendix issue only surfaced in Shanghai just before the start of the tourney. He didn’t have any problems prior to that.


RZ Says:

@Giles – from what I read, it sounds as if the official reason given was “health reasons” which could mean a lot of things. It could be both, really.


RZ Says:

^ The point I’m trying to make is that while we didn’t know about the appencitis until Shanghai, we don’t know for a fact that Rafa didn’t know about it before then, especially with the type of appendicitis he has. I know if I were a pro athlete, I’d keep as much info as possible to myself about injuries, illnesses, etc. Of course all of this is pure speculation on my part (and in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter when he knew), but I’d think he would have withdrawn due to a wrist injury rather than “health problems” if it was the wrist.


Hippy Chick Says:

Polo what can you read into Rafas form though,especially as hes only beaten qualifiers?i suppose we will see where hes really at,when/if he faces a challenge of a top 10 player,anyway ill look at the glass half full and simply say,well at least he didnt get beat by a qualfier,and one cannot do anymore than win….


Okiegal Says:

@RZ……Thank you for your reply to Giles, I was getting ready to send a comment myself and now I won’t have to……you’re on the ball, even more than Giles!! Lol


Polo Says:

Hippy Chick, I noticed than when Nadal loses, it is often in the early rounds and usually to someone you least expect to beat him. He does better with top caliber players, maybe because he knows exactly what to do to beat them. His next opponent is somewhat unknown, so that could be interesting. If he passes that and eventually gets to the finals and if the other guy is Federer, I know who a betting man would put his money on.


Hippy Chick Says:

Polo lol your not saying who the betting man is putting money on though?anyway i would say Roger ATM,as hes the form player,but funny how Rafa more often that not is a pain in the ass for Roger,anyway tennis is always the winner when/if those two meet….


Polo Says:

Hippy Chick, Roger vs Rafa? You can throw away the form.


Hippy Chick Says:

Polo exactly all bets are off….


elina Says:

Considering the venue and the current form of both, the intelligent money should be on Roger over Rafa.

I think it is more likely that Nadal won’t make the final.


Polo Says:

Roger just played the first set of his match against Istomin as if he has appendicitis.


RZ Says:

@Polo – I had to look up the score because I couldn’t tell if you meant he won it easily or lost it. Hoping he can turn the match around.

I’d love to see Rafa play Goffin.


the DA Says:

“I’d love to see Rafa play Goffin.”

So would I. Not least because that will mean he knocked out Raonic ;) Donald Young had chances today but had so many brainfarts.

Very interesting scenario in Basel right now. For the second year in a row, Istomin takes the first set from Roger. He’s good at these early charges but he tends to burn out before he can finish the job.


Polo Says:

News flash: Federer broke to go up 4-2 in the second set.


RZ Says:

Fed just needs to save several match points, and then the tournament is his!


the DA Says:

Just as I predicted, Fed wins after Istomin fades away. The 2/12 BPs converted isn’t encouraging but Fed fans can breathe easily: he lives to fight another day. Fun match.


RZ Says:

Yeah, one of Fed’s weaknesses is a poor BP conversion rate. Seems to come up a lot, whether he wins or loses.


Perfect fan Says:

A wake up call for fed. Both popsy n dimi r way better players than istomin….if he loses the first set again, I can see him packing.

But if roger wins his next match, thats like a free pass to his 9th straight final at basel. Buf if he wants to win basel, he better wish that its not rafa the other side. Coz, no matter how bad rafa is playing or struggling against other players….if he sees roger across, he smells blood.

I dnt have to guess the winner, if fed n rafa lock horns in the finals….its that simple, IMO of course.


skeezer Says:

Fed is through in 3. Thought Istomin gave Fed a tough challenge today, he played very well. Fed was off in the beginning, but the 3rd and 4th sets were very hard fought by both. Ultimately at key times Fed conjured up the magic stuff. Onward!


skeezer Says:

“He didn’t have any problems prior to that.”
LOL.


Okiegal Says:

@Chick

Are you torn between two lovers??? Andy or Foggy?? LOL. Kidding of course…..I know your heart is with Andrew but your eyes swooning over the handsome Italian stallion!! Tee hee

C’mon Andy……I think he’s cute……charming personality! Love to hear Andy talk and his interviews are so good!!


Polo Says:

I’m with you there Perfect Fan. Federer against Nadal, sore wrist, bad knees, appendicitis and all, the safe money is still on Nadal. As you said, facing Roger, Nadal smells blood while Roger simply bleeds. It’s one of the world’s greatest mysteries.


Steve 27 Says:

Federer is his pigeon, this is why.
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

“but the 3rd and 4th sets were very hard fought by both”.
Lol. Was there a 4th set? Is Basel 500 a grand slam ?


Giles Says:

Looks like fed got the job done in 4. Well done fed!! LMAO!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@Giles: lmao, seems like someone played truant when it was medication time as their mind sure has suffered: seeing 4th set when the world only saw 3,lol!


Polo Says:

Is Pospisil overrated? Many commentators and posters praise him but from what I’ve seen, he falls very short of those compliments.


Wog boy Says:

If Federer and Nadal are to meet in Basel final, and I think they will, my money is on Nadal.


skeezer Says:

ok ok it was the 2nd and 3rd obvious typo.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….I thought for a moment you were addressing me!! Ok, short for Okiegal?? I scrolled up and learned it wasn’t for me!! Lol


Perfect fan Says:

:( :( :( :(

Caught some of the highlights of the dimi-popsy match….gotta say, the baby fed has really grown up into a man.

His quality of play, the scoreline of 6-2 6-2 and the earlier fed match all clubbed together….has built up into a migraine now.

Fed gotta pull up his socks for this dimi match….or else I can see him drop paris and gliding on red dirt for the dc preps.


Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal @October 23rd 3.46pm,lol yeah so pleased for our Andy(Charlton Heston),hes playing well again,so i hope he wins this week,but also gains points for a high seeding next year at the AO,whether or not he qualifies for the WTFs remains to be seen,but id just like to see him end the year on a high.
As for fabulous Fabio,well hes a headcase,thats done some things that are unsportsman like to say the least which i would never condone,but he has alot of talent,but just needs to apply himself better,he outplayed our Andy in the DC earlier on clay this year,so there is alot of potential,failing that he has the looks and carisma to become a filmstar if all else fails,alongside Mr Jackman,two for the price of one lol :P….

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