Federer, Kyrgios Advance To Saturday SF In Stuttgart; Gasquet-Tomic in Den Bosch
by Staff | June 15th, 2018, 10:58 pm
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Two players who have had time off of late will meet in a dream semifinal Saturday in Stuttgart. Playing his first event since March, Roger Federer cruised in the semifinals today with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Argentine lefty Guido Pella.

“I thought I was in good control today. I thought I served well. I didn’t give Guido many chances to get into my service games, except maybe the last couple,” Federer said. “I was happy that I also got more rhythm today.

“I thought I was able to stay aggressive. I really wanted to cut down the length of the points as much as possible to see how that goes,” Federer added. “I think that was a good decision.”

Tomorrow, Federer will face Nick Kyrgios who due to a bad elbow is playing his first event since early April. Kyrgios enjoyed a terrific win over Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Federer and Kyrgios have split two prior meetings. Then just 20, Krygios stunned Federer in Madrid three years ago saving two match points. The Swiss got Kyrgios in a Miami thriller last year.

“We’ve had some brutal matches against each other, in Miami, in Madrid,” Federer said. “He’s always dangerous, especially on the grass. I think I will enjoy playing against him.”

If Federer wins, by reaching the final he’ll also return to the No. 1 ranking, overtaking Rafael Nadal.

In the other semifinal, Milos Raonic will take on Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman Pouille knocked out Denis Istomin in three sets while Raonic edged Tomas Berdych in two breakers.

“Today was a difficult match. I didn’t have any chances to break serve, so I had to be very good in my own game. I got a few good returns there in the tie-breaks and I was a little bit lucky, but I’m happy with the way I competed,” Raonic said. “It’s never easy playing tie-breaks. It could go either way very quickly. So you’ve got to be very disciplined with yourself and I was fortunate to get through today.”

In Den Bosch, Kyrgios’s countryman Bernard Tomic is having a banner week. Now down to 181 in the rankings and having come through qualifying, the Australian Tomic ousted Fernando Verdasco to reach his first semifinal in two years. Tomic will take on Richard Gasquet who got through the promising Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 7-6.

Matt Ebden and Jeremy Chardy will clash in the other semifinal.


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71 Comments for Federer, Kyrgios Advance To Saturday SF In Stuttgart; Gasquet-Tomic in Den Bosch

skeezer Says:

Fed looking sharp early against K. Holding serve comfortably and moving well.


FedExpress Says:

WTF Federer. Got close in service games of Krygios. didnt take the chances on BPs. Lost in the TB.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, he was the better player throughout. And the bad is he will serve second this set.


skeezer Says:

Gotta give K credit, he is playing really well…..and well behaved.


Daniel Says:

Thanks Kyrgios! Giving a game to Fed with 2 DF


skeezer Says:

Well done Kyrgios! :)


skeezer Says:

Kyrgios wanting to get tp the third already.


Daniel Says:

5-2 and serve. Kyrgios not that mentally strong yet, but expected as he is returning from injury.

Even so, dangerous in third set, unless Fed breaks early like this set.


Daniel Says:

Yeah he knew he wouldn’t break Fed this set.
His best shot is start strong and hold his serve, maybe hoping for a Fed bad game, which hasn’t happen, Fed didn’t face a single BP so far. Hope it keeps that way.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios seems back on track third set. Looks this could be another match decide in third set tiebreak between them.


Daniel Says:

I just hope is not like that Karlovic match where Fed lost having not face a single BP.

He is imperious on serve so far.


FedExpress Says:

It would be sad if he gets broken when staying in the match


FedExpress Says:

wow. Kyrgio serve boting very hard.


FedExpress Says:

0-15

oh man


Daniel Says:

20 aces b Kyrgios, but 8 DF also.

Not seeing him getting broken, the problem is Kyrgios playing good points in tiebreak or Fed serve deserting him like last one. We need a Kyrgios DF in tiebreak;-)


FedExpress Says:

Losing 3rd set TBs to Delpo, Kokk and now mabye vs Kyrgios?

where is the clutchness gone?


FedExpress Says:

kyrgios gurantees himself a TB

wow. i cant breathe.


FedExpress Says:

TB time

oh my gosh


Daniel Says:

9 sets, 8 tibereaks.

Again Kyrguos making maic in tiebreak and Federer not getting free point.


Daniel Says:

Yeah. 4-3. Now get one point and serve it out


Daniel Says:

5-4 and 2 serves. Time to serve an ace and close the door


Daniel Says:

MP on Kyrgios serve.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, breaking the third set tiebreak curse and getting back to #1 next week.

Playing for title #98 tomorrow, 18 on grass!


skeezer Says:

Back to ……..

#1

!!!!!!


skeezer Says:

Clutch Tennis when it mattered. Great match,


Giles Says:

I think Rafa is still 10 pts ahead of Fed??


FedExpress Says:

nope giles. in your dreams maybe.


skeezer Says:

All that Clay….
and back to #2.


Daniel Says:

Fed was 90pts behind Giles, so with the final (150 pts) he already is 60 ahead. If he wins tomorrow he will be 160 pts ahead.

Nadal can get it back either if Fed doesn’t defend Halle next week or if he reaches Wimbledon QF regardless if Fed wins Wimbledon or not.

Looking ahead, I know Fed hasn’t even won Stuttgart yet but, he is favorite tomorrow and also in Halle. So, he can enter Wimbledon with 99 titles to make it 100 with a 9th Wimbledon and 21st Slams for a clean grass sweep. That would be insane!


FedExpress Says:

Think the USO will decide about the Year-End No 1, Daniel.


Okiegal Says:

One is only a number….. quite lonely too…. I know first hand…….

But great serving from both guys. I will agree with Skeezer, Nick was well behaved today….. but Fed was griping about the line judges rather loudly…. what did they NOT do that upset Fed?? Just curious……..
#entertainingmatch4grass❤️ers


Giles Says:

11 French Open titles, a feat never to be repeated.
“ All that clay”. Yes indeed. It was a very successful clay season for Rafa.


Daniel Says:

There is a lot to be played still FedEx. Maybe neither Fed nor Nadal win next 2 Slams. Race is super tight. We know Fed will play: Halle, Wimbledon, Cincy, USO, Shangai, Bsel and WTF. This are almost sure.

Nadal is not eve 100% sure for Wimbledon, than Canada/Cincy, USO, Beijing (can skip),Shangai add than most likely WTF.
So this makes 4 tournaments they will surely play: 1 NA Masters, USO, Shangai and WTF, even so not sure.


Pamela Says:

My recording cut out just as the third tie-breaker started. SO SO SO happy to hear Roger won. I had some serious doubts as Nick was serving so well… Nick was very well behaved. His mother looked happy!! Thrilled to have Federer back playing tennis. I heard Rafa pulled out of something. What did he pull out of?


Tennis lover Says:

My hope banks on Fed winning stuttgart, Halle and wimbledon, and Leo Messi with Argentina winning world cup- Both Messi and Federer are sublime breed of athelete..both are supremely talented, elegant, effortless, full of flair and aura, Majestic and divine. They are the incarnation of Jesus in their respective sports. So, both them deserve to accomplish the unprecedented feats.


Tennis lover Says:

Rafito pulled out of competition in Grass. Since clay is gone he is now mourning at his home. His supremacy in clay is going to fade from next year- Mark my word.


Giles Says:

TL. Just listen to yourself. You’re a laugh a minute! Idiot.


Tennis fan Says:

Roger unbelievable federer. It’s amazing to see this guy playing so well at this age. Take a bow champ you are awesome.Rafa will always be my fav but their is no doubt Roger makes it look so easy,it seems like poetry in motion.A 37 year old guy who is playing for almost 20 years, A 32 year guy after suffering so many injuries and they are still doing their very best. But rather than appreciation mostly we see is 3-4 common words like weak field , one dimensional, coward to play and more craps. Shame on you guys. And one calls himself a Tennis lover ! Tennis lover my arse


Margot Says:

Don’t know about Fed but….Messi missed a penalty and the mighty Argentina drew with Iceland…:0


Margot Says:

Giles @ 1.33: Eeeek! WTH? I’ve heard some pretty silly analogies but that one is pretty special…;)


chofer Says:

You’re figthing for ten miserable points and players who already have been number one FOR YEARS. So cute!:))

The Fedal feud between posters never ceases to amaze me.


Margot Says:

chofer: even when either of Fedal is not playing, it continues. Baffling, I agree. And into the future, I guess.


jalep Says:

Margot, hello… please help….

I don’t think anyone is going to do the brackets with me this week. They are too busy thinking about Rafa or Roger
#dismal

There’s some great tennis going on though!


chofer Says:

Margot

Sure! I forsee some of them actually stopping living after they retire for good because they won’t have much points (pun intended) to count!


chofer Says:

jalep

You’re too sane to ask for that here. Brackets? Are you talking about that ugly things in somebody’s teeth?


jalep Says:

😩 you mean I’m too INSANE, Chofer!


jalep Says:

😭 no. I mean these kind of bracket games, chofer!

http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com/

Come on pick one with me this week, somebody…..😩


Margot Says:

I am jalep, just having a thunk :)


jalep Says:

oh thanks, Margot. I don’t know how you did it but I think you won WTA ‘s-Hertogenbosch!


Tennis lover Says:

Where are wog boy, Travis Bickle so called Novak fanatics who used to laugh at Fed’s woe against Novak in Final. They even have the audacity to claim djoker as the GOAT. What a shame: By the way, djoker ain’t winning anything in Grass season, if he improves stamina, he has a great chance to do well in US hard court swing.


Margot Says:

Lol jalep, it’s because I’m a genius of course…;) just don’t mention my other results! All good fun, but I always predict these kids will do better than they actually do. Had Shapo winning one….eek! Very strong field at Queens, bold to predict Nole.


jalep Says:

Yeah me too – pure genius. Had Tsitsipas winning Den Bosch or whatever it’s called now.

It’s probably silly to pick Nole and I might change that. How many rounds will Andy go?


jalep Says:

It really is fix a bracket with Andy and Novak in it — been a long time.

I have Andy beating Naughty Nick and Edmund.

Probably Cilic or Raonic to win London, I’d guess. But I just like Novak to win this time. I’ll wait to see how Milos does vs Fed in Stuttgart final.


jalep Says:

fun to fix ^^


Margot Says:

jalep, I have no expectations of Andy, think Naughty Nick could beat him, as it’s first time back after a year. Just glad he feels fit enough to play.


Margot Says:

Gorgeous Grig has won Queens, seems to suit him. Fingers crossed.


jalep Says:

Yes, I can see the wisdom in what you are saying about Andy and Novak, Margot

Grigor on grass…oh but what if Nole comes along ready to fight ( I always hope)

Kvitova reigning champ at Birmingham…hard not to pick her there. I’d rather see win just a couple matches and then be gone to get ready for Wimbledon. Her first round is vs Konta.


jalep Says:

Sascha to beat Federer and win Halle 😜


gonzalowski Says:

Bad news for me as Rafan, but congrats to Fed, back to nº1 at his age… what a phenomenon


Margot Says:

Good to chat jalep, must now concentrate on prog about the Royal Academy Summer Show, curated by the marvellously, wonderfully outrageous, fabulous human being who is Grayson Perry. Chat again soon.


jalep Says:

How delightful, Margot!
That would take precedence over bracket picking 😎


Giles Says:

Margot. EEEEK!! WTH??


Andy Mira Says:

Yeah Gonza!….I too wanna congratulate Fedfans here..nice & not(hehe)…especially my guuuuud & sporting Fedfans buddy Amit & Squirrel & Markus too for their good moments now…Their switching No 1 between them became crazier & crazier right?Hehe…I don’t think it ever happened like this before…

Oh!…In a joy as a Rafans ,i also wanna make a good wish to other duo..Andy & Novak to also quickly regain their good form & also will have success too like the other duo…

#Longlivebig4!!…Woooohoooo!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Longlivebig4

Big 2 are fine, thanks for checking in. Not sure about the other 2.


Humble Rafa Says:

Since clay is gone he is now mourning at his home

Small minded midgets like you will never win 11 of anything. Just pointing out the obvious.

I am resting after a successful clay court season. It has only been a few days since I won the FO.


Andy Mira Says:

HR!…Heh heh…Oh yeah!…the other 2 STILL very much a Big 4…If not,the words Big 4 is not even exist in the first place!

YEEEHAAAAA!!!


Amit Says:

Soccer fever on high!!! Greatest thing ever on earth right now is Soccer WC!!! 💃💃💃 Rooting for my eternal faves Germany and Britain… 😍😍😍

You guys are rooting for whom for soccer WC??😀😀😀


Amit Says:

Soccer fever on high!!! Greatest thing ever on earth right now is Soccer WC!!! 💃💃💃 Rooting for my eternal faves Germany and Britain… 😍😍😍

You guys are rooting for whom for soccer WC??😀😀😀


Amit Says:

Happy Soccer Fever!!! #FIFAWorldCup 🏆🏆🏆⚽⚽⚽
😍😍😍😎😎😎


Margot Says:

Amit: Football team? Wales of course, oh wait, not playing? Have to be Iceland then, another small proud country with a dreadful climate…;)
Giles: My response to you was a response to yours to that dude who likened Fed to Jesus! Well, I know Fed’s good but that’s a wee bit OTT IMHO.


Willow Says:

Amit England and Brazil for me, also have a soft spot for all our other British sides for my sins ….

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