Roger Federer cruised into the quarterfinals of his home Basel event thumping Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3. It’s Federer 15th quarterfinal at the tournament he has won seven times.
“It feels nice. I’ve played good tennis from the start of this tournament. There’s always extra pressure playing at home and wanting to do well and try to stay in the tournament,” Federer said. “I’m happy to be through to the quarters and we’ll see what happens now.”
In the quarters, Federer will meet lefty Adrian Mannarino who gained revenge on Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov who beat the Frenchman in Canada.
A pair of other former US Open champions also advanced. Marin Cilic went three sets to deny Borna Coric 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. And Juan Martin del Potro rolled French qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4.
“I’m not thinking too much about London. I just want to keep going and see if I can go far here,” del Potro said. “Once I finish this tournament we’ll see if I’m in good condition to play the next one. To me, playing at this level, it’s very important, looking forward to the next season as well.”
Del Potro will now meet Roberta Bautista Agut in the quarters tomorrow. Cilic faces the surprising Hungarian Martin Fucsovics and David Goffin continues his London push against Jack Sock.
In Vienna, home favorite Dominic Thiem was ousted by Richard Gasquet 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point in a win over Damir Dzumhur.
Tsonga, who’s also trying to stay in the London hunt, will face top seed Alexander Zverev on Friday.
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