Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet advanced to a quarterfinal meeting on Wednesday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, where top-seeded Novak Djokovic also moved into the quarters.
The No. 2-seeded Federer straight-setted Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, while the Frenchman Gasquet hopes to continue his roll after saving a match point in upsetting No. 7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6).
Federer needed to rebound from a 1-4 deficit in the opening set against the Spaniard Verdasco. At one point the Swiss won 20 consecutive points over Verdasco.
“It’s not the first time it’s ever happened to me, but it’s a great comeback because I did feel that Fernando was hitting the ball well and came out and played very committed, serving well,” Federer said.
Federer has lost twice to Gasquet during his career, with 13 wins over the Frenchman to his credit.
“I’m looking forward to playing against him,” Federer said. “Last time we played was Davis Cup final on that Sunday, in front of that big crowd, and it was a lot of pressure. I think this time is going to be a bit more relaxed going in.”
Djokovic defeated Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-2, setting up a Thursday meeting with qualifier Marsel Ilhan, who on Wednesday upset No. 6 Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Other seeded winners were No. 3 Andy Murray, who on Thursday will meet Borna Coric, and No. 4 Tomas Berdych, who on Thursday will face Sergiy Stakhovsky.
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