Federer v Dimitrov, Nadal v Coric In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Alive In Valencia
by Sean Randall | October 23rd, 2014, 6:26 pm
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A couple of good matches are lined up Friday in Basel. Five-time tournament champion – and favorite to win a sixth – Roger Federer meets his younger doppelganger Grigor Dimitrov. Rafael Nadal is also in quarterfinal action against rising star Borna Coric.

Federer dropped the first to Denis Istomin today before recovering to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. I was able to only catch the first set, a set in which Federer looked pretty flat and listless.

“I thought I was lacking rhythm in the first set,” said Federer. “[Istomin] played well. It was one of those sets that was tough to lose but the important thing was to bounce back in the second set and get my teeth into the match.”

Dimitrov had no troubles hammering Vasek Pospisil 6-2. 6-2 to set up the meeting with his boss, Mr. Federer (Dimitrov not only plays like Federer on the court, he’s represented by his company!).

The two met a year ago in this very round in Basel with Federer winning in straights. And odds are I think we’ll see a similar result – I don’t think Dimitrov wants to beat Federer on his home soil.

“I won’t do anything differently from what I did last year,” said Dimitrov. “I just want to go out there and see what I’ve learned since the last time we played. I am going to go out there and play my game and try to win.”

So Federer gets one rising star, Nadal gets another in Coric. Just 17, Coric beat Ernests Gulbis and today knocked out Andrey Golubev to reach his second career ATP quarterfinal. The kid’s an excellent talent – moves well, hits it clean, good serve. Therefore against Nadal I expect a good match, and so does the Croat who idolizes Rafa.

“I played very well in both matches,” said Coric today. “I’m very happy with my game. I wasn’t getting nervous. It really feels good and it’s going to help me with my ranking. It’s a huge step for me.

“I think it’s going to be a great match. He’s an unbelievable tennis player. It’s a privilege to play against him. I hope I can play as best as I can and we’ll see what happens.”

Also, Milos Raonic meets David Goffin in another good one.

In Valencia, Andy Murray and David Ferrer continue to chase London berths, and both won today in straight sets. Ferrer beat countryman Fernando Verdasco while Murray rolled Fabio Fognini.

Tomorrow, Murray meets Kevin Anderson, Ferrer faces Tomaz Bellucci.


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99 Comments for Federer v Dimitrov, Nadal v Coric In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Alive In Valencia

Steve 27 Says:

Some said that this kid, Borna Coric is the best player under 18 since his idol, Rafael Nadal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEJJpfcxHAM


Wog boy Says:

^^ but Borna is still #124 with no big wins against top players, Rafa shouldn’t be worried playing #100 + …unless it is Wimbledon;)


Brando GOAT poster Says:

This kid is a serious talent and his idol being Rafa? Not surprised Grigor said the same once, andy and Novak have openly talked about his influence on their game and its easy to see why: he’s a trailblazing legend that the likes of Bjorn Borg identify with. A once in a lifetime talent who will long after he’s done be identified and regarded as the most influential player of his era: the true mark of greatness, firing aspiration in others to emulate your ways! Vamos Rafa!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

PS: Coric and his fellow 17 year old who pushed Dimitrov hard Zverev along with 19 year old Kyrgios and 21 year old Thiem will dominate the tour in 4 years time when Fedal, Djokovic and Murray are either totally done or past their best. Not Dimitrov or Raonic. You heard it here first. Book it folks!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Re age of player: it’s of no matter. Rafa proved that to us. Remember when Fed was an all conquering 22 year old in 2004 and he got his backside handed to him on a hard court by a 17 year old named …….Nadal? Some wish to eradicate that happening lol but it just showed: if your good enough you are old enough to win! So this kid Coric- a clear talent- is not a gimme by any means. Kyrgios was supposed to be and he showed it ain’t so! Could be a tough one for Rafa.


Wog boy Says:

On the second thought, after I checked You Tube:), Borna had a few good wins this year, agains JJ in DC and now Gulbis and looks pretty good for 18 year old (in a few weeks time). I have never seen him playing, I might have chance to see him today, but still any other result but stright set win by Rafa will be…well, not good for Rafa.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some said that this kid, Borna Coric is the best player under 18 since his idol, Rafael Nadal.
-
Since I have no real babies or baby-Humbles, at this point, I will just adopt him.


roy Says:

‘baby Humbles’.
haha, nice.


skeezer Says:

Hyping a Rafa match against a W/C and/or QF’ers.
Desperation for attention. LMAO.


Polo Says:

Roger and Nadal playing against their babies! Highly doubt Grigor will live up to his predecessor. Nobody could be like Nadal. Roger may be the GOAT but Nadal is special.


Sienna Says:

Nadal lacks depth to be a true leader. Always playing the underdog and downsizing his form or chances.
many people have catched up on that over the years.
ti be a true champion like federer of djokovic is more difficult.


Hippy Chick Says:

Sienna i thought you had changed your tune,but you still seem more obsessed with Rafas failure,than you do with Rogers success….


Hippy Chick Says:

Skeezer he gets lambasted when he beats players as they are only qualfiers,he gets lambasted if he loses as they are only qualifiers,so either way he gets lambasted,as the saying goes damned if you dont,and damned if you do,anyway id sooner he beat qualfiers than lose to them,also congrats to Roger nice win against a tricky opponent….


wilfried Says:

[Milos (Goliath) meets David in another good one].
Milos not really on top of his game, and David on a roll lately.
I hope it’ll be a good match, with my compratiot little David prevailing.
And David’s idol was and is not Rafael Nadal but Roger Federer.


Hippy Chick Says:

And Davids idol was and is not Rafael Nadal but Roger Federer,BLASPHEMY SHEER BLASPHEMY,so glad thats now been made clear jeez….


Hippy Chick Says:

Just to say i will be working this afternoon when Nadal plays,so i wont be able to blog,so its not because im bailing or scared or anything like that,just to let people know before the cynical bunch come up with some sort of conspiracy theory,that yes sometimes real life does get in the way of watching tennis,and also been on an internet forum,pardon the sarcasm….


Daniel Says:

What is happening in Basel now, my ATP app shows that match is suspended with Gofin Serving 5-4 30-40 break point?!


Noonen Says:

I think of many of the great players–they are so competitive, but they are not mean. Federer is mean. Yet so many are big fans of his. All I can think of is he represents the world. “The world” is a Biblical term meaning all who are sinful.


Polo Says:

Noonen , you sound like a religeous person who lives by the Bible. Enlighten me, does the Bible tell us to be judgemental?


Wog boy Says:

Rafa pulled out of Paris stating private reasons, is it injury or something else?


Wog boy Says:

^^ “personal” rather than “private”


Wog boy Says:

According to this article, Cilic pulle out too, who is next?:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/29755595


Humble Rafa Says:

Rafa pulled out of Paris stating private reasons, is it injury or something else?

I want to give other people a chance to win something in Paris. Humble is very generous.

I have no injuries to speak of. Nothing, whatsoever. Body is in perfect order.


RZ Says:

Andy Murray putting us fans through the wringer again! Just can’t make it easy for himself (or us) but good win today against a tough opponent.


sienna Says:

no i am not.
i see things very clear. he wants tot become GOAT without feeling the pressure that belongs to it.

it sickens me that he can enter AU OPEN as somewhat an underdog. Earmark this he will be hard to beat come januari

but still djok, fed, Cilic will take the spotlights. wile the pressure from outside should be on Nadal for overtaking PETE in slam counts.


Perfect fan Says:

It is rly heartening to see andy slowly gaining his mojo back….

Though he has not defeated any of the top 3 guys yet this year, his wins against quality players like cilic, ferrer n kevin are quite impressive, nevertheless.

Hope, he surprises all by winning or at least reaching the final at the WTF.


Giles Says:

Just to repeat myself, Raonic is rubbish! Don’t think he’ll make it to Wtf and if he does he is one lucky chappie.


Margot Says:

Go Andy ….and thanx David G…;)


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Major, major congratulations to David Ferrer on his 600th career win in 14 years as a pro! The true Iron Man! He joins Fed, Rafa and Hewitt in achieving this feat. Here’s a excellent write up on the low key, genuine warrior of the tour: http://m.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/10/43/Valencia-Ferrer-600-Match-Wins-Tribute.aspx


RZ Says:

@Brando GP – thanks for the link. Congrats to Ferru!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@Tennis X Staff: A request for a write up on David Ferrer’s great feat of 600 career wins is put forth to you respectively. He’s a class act and hardly gets any spotlight on his terrific career. Please shine some on this treasure all on the tour respect highly as we see articles on not so great feat posted here so surely this feat of excellence deserves recognition. Sincerely hope you post a write up on this excellent achievement by Ferru!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@RZ: No worries at all. I think we can all name a handful of other players on tour who may command more respect for their success achieved on court but in terms of sheer respect and regard for their conduct, sense of being: Ferru is 2nd to none IMO. The guy is a class act all the way throughout his career and plays has played his Tennis in a manner i genuinely admire as much as any other pro! A true warrior!


sienna Says:

yup Ferrer the living proof of faulted weakera theory.
Ferrer hence no weak era.


RZ Says:

And think of everything Ferrer has achieved while playing the Big 4 era!


sienna Says:

yup hè could not deliver in his own era.


sienna Says:

yup hè could not deliver in his own era.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

12 UE’s in less than 4 games already by Rafa! Yep: the bags will likely be packed for a Majorca flight!


tennismonger Says:

Anyone seeing “irregular betting patterns” on this match?!

You could almost see it coming…


sienna Says:

You see a child bagelling Nadal comming?


tennismonger Says:

Checked this Coric cat out last night on youtube after hearing him played up on ten-x. 2 observations:

He’s filled out a bit since those earlier vids, he’s lost the two-toned henleys & striped shirts that made him look like a kid fresh from summer camp. His a big(ger) boy now & he sure has the intensity – already has some wins over vets on the tour.

Nadal (albeit lame) may be up against a younger version of himself today…


madmax Says:

Noonen Says:
I think of many of the great players–they are so competitive, but they are not mean. Federer is mean. Yet so many are big fans of his. All I can think of is he represents the world. “The world” is a Biblical term meaning all who are sinful.

October 24th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Strange and weird comment?


Okiegal Says:

The 17 yr old giving my guy a real tussle…..Maybe this kid is the real deal! We will see if he’s consistent……but Rafa will be going home today. He is playing terrible…and confident Coric’s good play is the major reason. Rafa is not finding the lines…..way off kilter!

Get it together Rafa….VAMOS!!


Ben Pronin Says:

When you see a 17 year old win a set over Nadal (or any top 10 player) 6-2, you just have to hope it translates to something. I’ve never heard of this kid before but 17 years old?! We need to know that the next generation won’t be garbage.


RZ Says:

I’ve been reading the Twitter feed over at changeovertennis.com and it sounds as if neither Coric nor Rafa are playing all that well.


Okiegal Says:

People who don’t like fist pumping are gonna hate this kid…….however if he beats Rafa today he will be the greatest thing since sliced bread!! Lol


TGIT Says:

Whoa…another teenager destroys Nadal.

We have entered end-times.

Everyone to their shelters.


Margot Says:

My word what a shocker! Liked what I saw of Coric, seems to have a gr8 all round game but Rafa was so off it was weird.
Clearly not right at mo.


Okiegal Says:

Now for the aftermath…..hold on to your seats, we Rafa fans are in for a bumpy ride!! LOL

Congrats to Coric fans, I’m sure he gained a few today!!

Rafa go get your surgery so you can be on the road to recovery by Aussie Open or whatever tune-ups before then.

VAMOS!!


FedExpress Says:

to all who call Fed too old and that he should retire.

then nadal should also fill the retirement form.

lost to dolgopolov, klizan, kyrgios (17), coric(17) this year


skeezer Says:

Great match for the 17 yr old. Rafa got to collect his check, and the youngster got the recognition of beating the best #2 GOAT.

17. It’s a good number.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@Margot: thanks for pointing out the obvious regarding Rafa as from Rafa fan saying such a thing would be deemed criminal. His body language said it all throughout that match and well: 37 unforced errors in 2 sets, averaging over 18 per sets which translates to almost 0-5 per sets given away just on UE’s just tells all about how he was today. Not surprised: I said it post first 2 matches he’s playing below par for obvious reasons. Really glad he’s off now and the operation could be done. Hope it’s soon.


SX1 Says:

Fear Factor of nadal is on decline among youngsters.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@skeezer: it sure is pal. What a age! Remember Miami 04′ Old Sport? A certain 17 year old then v a fit and firing 22 year old?….p


TGIT Says:

Just remember this kid beat Nadal with less than 50% first serves.

He beat him in the rallies. This kid never flinched.


Polo Says:

This kid’s fistpumping is more self-directed rather than gloating. I find it innocuous, totally acceptable. Nadal has all kinds of ailments which if he can recover from should bring him ack to his old form. That appendicitis should have been taken care of prior to any tournament commitments.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

“He beat him in the rallies. This kid never flinched.”: how tough is it to do when the opponent ends them himself with unforced errors? 37 times! Ill stop here. Let the Rafa trolls lap up this loss since they sure will be absent when it’s the alternative. Ill end on: well done Coric, beating his hero is an achievement that I hope he enjoys!


TGIT Says:

When you list facts you are not trolling.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Re fist pumping: it’s great to see. Harms no one and nor is an offense. Coric? He did it bang on and interms of respect: well when he’s applauding Rafa winners, making eye contact when he does so he hardly was disrectful to him. Really glad that Rafa seemed warm towards him at the end: tapping him with a proper pat and saying well done kid as he deserved! Kids got good future hopefully. All the best Basel for sure!


Okiegal Says:

Who is gonna win this one?? Big Fed or Baby Fed?? I’m going for the older guy myself!!


TGIT Says:

Usually when Nadal has a surprise loss suddenly Federer gets beat. Crossing my fingers that does not happen today.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@okiegal: Fed. Easily. Grigor is mentally too weak to even dare bea Fed infront of his adoring home crowd.


Okiegal Says:

I have nothing against fist pumping, whether it’s self directed or with passion. Some on TX detest it….now is someone going to come forward and say it ain’t so??? I know I’ve I’ve read about it on this forum before….but as for me I love it, doesn’t matter who is doing it! I too thought Rafa was very gracious to him. I’ve seen better playing from Rafa, but his glass is full atm…..Good luck to Coric, I hope he makes the finals! He played great!!


andrea Says:

it’s safe to say nadal is not at his finest right now. nice win for the up and comer though. battle of the one handed backhands right now. c’mon fed!


Polo Says:

How one views fistpumping is a very personal prefernce. It’s too mundane to keep a tab on who likes or dislikes it.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

BREAKING NEWS: Rafael Nadal confirms after his loss in Basel that he is done for the year, via @letstalktennis1. “I’m not competitive enough,” he said.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

My reaction? Very glad he’s called it time and now can proceed with his overdue operation. Best of luck Rafa!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

This also means that WTF field is likely: Nole, Fed, Wawa, Cilic all confirmed. Kei, Muzza, Ferru and Birdman next likely 4 with Grigor and Milos 2 possible outside bets.


FedExpress Says:

Fed saves 4 SPs. one with a 2nd serve ace

so clutch since mayer match


jatin Says:

Such a great match so far. Fed has shown his mental strength once again. Just loving his resurgence.

Sad for rafa though :(
Its high time for operation. Coric seems to be a future champion. So young but a really good player.


Felipe Says:

As predicted….instead of skipping shanghai and having the procedure 3 weeks earlier in order to be ready for Paris and WTF, Nadal decides to play trough it and of course, he now feels that he is no competitive to play the year end championship against the top players. Head to head intact, no?
Next year the story will be, “Injured nadal misses WTF, AGAIN”


Felipe Says:

Tough luck for Dimitrov, the draw was brutal having to face Federer in Basel. He will just gain 90 poins, and will need at least a semifinal showing in order to have any chance to qualify.
In my book 7 players are already qualified: Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, Murray (by winning Valencia he will jump to wrld number 5), Cilic, Nishikory and Berdych). Ferrer, Raonic and Dimitrov will batle for the last spot.


rogerafa Says:

“We have entered end-times.”

That is way over the top reaction to a result that was not so shocking in the context of where Rafa is right now. Had this been a 33 year old Rafa, a string of such losses would raise valid concerns but this is Rafa in his prime who won three majors just a year back. He won a major this year and could have won another. He is still in top 3 and has a very good shot at winning the AO next year. I think he has a lot of great tennis still left in him. Write Rafa off at your own peril.


skeezer Says:

@Brando
yes that was once, and once only, and not at a major.
Rafa has now been beaten by 2 17 yr old teenagers, and one of those at a Slam, this year.

17. # of Slams held by Fed. Like I said, a good number.

Wishing Rafa all the best, don’t know about AO, I wouldn’t count him in on that to be competitive. We’ll see. He should be the one to beat and hopefully in form by FO. Gotta say he’s had a rough go after FO this year.


TGIT Says:

I will never write off Rafa until he is beaten in form at the French. It is quite possible that may never happen and he will retire with only one loss. That is a record no one can touch.


jane Says:

are these quarters or semis in basel? does this mean fed will be playing the 17 yr old in the finals? or is there another round? sorry: out of the loop.


rogerafa Says:

@ Felipe

I agree about the timing of the surgery if it indeed does take place. Some of those decisions did seem rather strange but I guess the persons concerned know better. I also agree about the head to head bit especially when players avoid playing their main opponents altogether just because they do not feel competitive for whatever reason.


RZ Says:

@Jane – it was the quarters today. Coric plays Goffin next. Fed plays Karlovic.


Shailesh Says:

Yea!! Federer won 7-6, 6-2


skeezer Says:

Fantastic Fed! Very entertaining match vs Dimitrov.
Maestro played overall a very clean match.


jane Says:

thanks rz … assuming he beats dr. ivo, it looks like fed will be playing a youngin in the finals. was kind of thinking fed/nadal would’ve been exciting because it’s been a while. on the other hand, rafa’s clearly ailing.


Humble Rafa Says:

That’s it, folks for 2014. Some scheduled maintenance, some unscheduled maintenance. Then Humble will be ready to roll.


Wog boy Says:

I wouldn’t take so serious Rafa’s defeat, he was obliged to play Basel and he did it. I am more concerned about his health than his game. You don’t take a pleasure when you hit somebody who is on the ground.
Get well soon Rafa and come back ready for AO, I will be there waiting and I want to watch old, real Rafa. Good luck with operation and recovery.


Wog boy Says:

I just saw Paris draw, Roger, you are one very lucky man, could it be any eaisier for Federer, I don’t think so.


Giles Says:

“…. but Rafa was so off it was weird. Clearly not right at mo”.
It is quite obvious that this poster is not in the loop regarding Rafa’s impending op.
Keep up I say, keep up!!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@Wog Boy: thanks for your kind sentiments toward Rafa, it’s appreciated and touching to see. Good luck to your man Nole: hope he lands year end no.1 since, IMHO, till date he’s been 2014 MVP and totally deserves it after winning all that he has in a tricky emotional roller coaster year for him. He’s suffered big at times this and showed admirable courage to win what he has despite it. He fully deserves it considering how he’s won the most titles and succeeded all on the strength of his Tennis rather than the misfortune, winning the draw lottery or lucky strokes of other kind. Hope he’s fully dialed in for Paris or WTF since if he is he’s got nothing to concern himself with draw or otherwise other than his Tennis: which on hard court is comfortably better than anyone when at its brilliant best. Good luck Novak!


Wog boy Says:

@BGP,
Thanks


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy nothing more to say,other than i agree with everything Brando has just said….


Wog boy Says:

@HC,
Thanks


skeezer Says:

Fed looked great in his match against Dimitrov. Dimitrov has some great stuff, better than most, but he just misses at times when he shouldn’t. He is stronger physically than Fed, and is much fitter nowadays for Tennis. A little more consistency and better choice of shots will propel him to a Slam title no doubt.

Not to jinx Fed, but his form and focus looks in top form. Have to say as a fan I had no idea he would be in this kind of form so late in his career.
Vamos Fed!


tennismonger Says:

That was the closest thing to a tank job that I’ve ever seen from Rafa. And that’s saying a lot.

You could also spin it as someone fulfilling professional obligations w/no loftire goal than that.

Furthermore, @ the end you’ve gotta give the guy requiring an appendectomy the benefit of the doubt.

A pity that yet another year ends prematurely for the mallorcan maestro…WTF indeed…


Steve 27 Says:

Dimitrov overrated!


Steve 27 Says:

Is Coric the new Nadal?


skeezer Says:

tankjob?
LMAO.
Never seen a tank job end in a TB.!!!!


Okiegal Says:

I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a tank job that I know of. Yeah, don’t think there would be a tiebreak either. Verdasco played terrible against David too. It was so bad it almost looked like he was doing it on purpose……like I want off this court NOW!!
Maybe there’s a tank on you tube…..you can find anything else you want!! I’ll do some research!


tennismonger Says:

AS I said, closest thing for Nadal…when he tanks a tiebreak is often involved-lol


skeezer Says:

Lol, now Rafa just tanks when there is TB? Hilarious. He didn’t look like he was tanking at all imo. I watch how he moves on the court, not by how he looks. Some here were to focused on his face and other body areas apparently , not his effort and movement. There was no sign of tanking.
Give it a rest, the kid beat him fair and square, and wish Rafa a speedy recovery from his surgery and hope he regains the form he lost this year. 2015 will be critical for his career. He has to perform well as the clock is ticking fast on his body…


Okiegal Says:

I think his body is just about at the finish line myself. Back, wrist, appendicitis….what else can happen to this guy?? Then you got a 33 yr old champion who is healthy as a horse!! I think we all know there is no way Rafa will play to that age…..btw, he got beat today by a young kid who was playing extremely well….Rafa didn’t tank anything. He took the loss in stride, was very respectful to Coric and probably feeling a bit relieved that he would be able to get back home and take care of himself. Wishing him a speedy recovery!!


Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal lets not talk about whether or not he will be playing when hes 33 ala Federer,lets just talk about him getting better now,TBH i get sick of hearing the comparisons all the time,and some smug journalists and commontators that take great delight, in saying his style of tennis is too taxing on his body,and Federer will have a longer career due to his effortless style of play etc etc….

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