Federer Flies Into Basel QFs, Faces Simon Friday; Thiem-Nishikori In Vienna
by Staff | October 25th, 2018, 8:21 pm
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Roger Federer rolled into the Basel quarterfinals Thursday beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5. The 8-time champion has now his last 17 matches at his home event, and is a perfect 10-0 in sets against the German Struff.

“I was ready for Struff to come out and swing,” said Federer. “I didn’t know how aggressive he was going to play or how much serve and volley he was going to do. But unfortunately, I didn’t have the best first two service games. But he also played well, I must say. He connected well, he came out with a plan and it worked for him.

“In the second set it was close throughout, but I think I was able to clean up my game a little bit.”

Next up for the 37-year-old Swiss is a Friday date with veteran Gilles Simon who upended Ernests Gulbis. Federer leads the Frenchman 6-2 in their series.

A trio of youngsters also advanced. Alexander Zverev won is 51st match defeated Aussie qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4.

Fresh off his first title over the weekend, Stefanos Tsitsipas stayed hot crushing Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-1 and Daniil Medvedev ousted Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 6-2.

Tomorrow in the quarterfinals, Taylor Fritz faces Marius Copil, Zverev battles Roberto Bautista Agut, Tsitsipas meets Medvedev and Federer collides with Simon.

The Vienna quarterfinal line-up is headlined by Kei Nishikori against Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric tests Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils faces Fernando Verdasco.

“It’s going to be very important. Still, I think for both of us, when we are on court the only thing we want is to win,” Thiem said. “Kei and me, we’ve had some very nice matches in the past and I’m sure it’s going to be a fun one tomorrow.”

Nishikori leads 2-1 over the home Austrian, but Thiem won their most recent meeting at the French Open this year.


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37 Comments for Federer Flies Into Basel QFs, Faces Simon Friday; Thiem-Nishikori In Vienna

J-Kath Says:

Just read that Roger signed up to play Basle for 3 years….this indicates he’ll be playing for another two years. Good news for everybody, especially his fans.


RZ Says:

Nishikori won against Thiem, moving him ahead of Isner for that last spot in London.


Humble Rafa Says:

Basel is starting a senior tournament so older players can sign 10 year contracts. As you know, Halle has a “lifetime” contract with His Highness.


FedExpress Says:

Wow

How bad fed is

Nearly went double break down


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is doing. 3 points. 3 ue


Daniel Says:

Federer better as the match went on, had already several BPs to get break back and finallys breaks when Simon serve for the set.


Daniel Says:

RZ, Coric retired against Anderson. If Kei wins Vienna he has a chance to neven surpass Thiem in Paris next week.


FedExpress Says:

Coric useless as expected

Federer up and dow so far.


FedExpress Says:

2 DFs in a row to Deuce

never change Fed


FedExpress Says:

SP Simon

wtf Fed


Daniel Says:

At least he aced down SP after complicated this game.


FedExpress Says:

Federer neaerly gifted that set

TB.


FedExpress Says:

5-1 Fed in the TB.

fully in charge


Daniel Says:

Fed in control of tiebreak, super agressive.


FedExpress Says:

Set Fed

what mental resilience. Was one point away to be 0-4 down.


FedExpress Says:

Fed again in self destructing mode

Break down


FedExpress Says:

So many UE

1 BP left


FedExpress Says:

Break back


FedExpress Says:

Fed about to get broken again.

One of Feds main strength namely the serve is slowly letting him down


FedExpress Says:

Fed broken again after some inspirarional play.

So up and down.


FedExpress Says:

Simon serving for the 2nd set


FedExpress Says:

2nd set for Simon


Humble Rafa Says:

If you are having a good day, you should watch the Arrogant One’s match. What a cluster. I am sure just him playing tennis has reduced his fans’ life span by 10-15 years easy. I like to check in with the torture chamber to make sure these people are really suffering!


Humble Rafa Says:

Sign in Basel: Today’s torture is over. Return tomorrow for additional torture. RF


FedExpress Says:

What a mental midet this Fed guy


Daniel Says:

He was 30-30 3-0 with a chance to go double break up and let Simon back in. At least he is serving first. 4-4


FedExpress Says:

Come on

Victory. He will be dead tired tomorrow thats for sure.

Hope he finds a last push.

Wont play Bercy for sure now.


J-Kath Says:

Roger won in the end, but he looks ill on this picture – exhausted actually.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/45999290


fred stone Says:

Winning ugly is still a win.
Points against Medvedev should be shorter.
The old man aint dead yet.


FedExpress Says:

Best set of Federer since Rotterdam.


FedExpress Says:

Set and a break

we know the script but will Fed follow it again


FedExpress Says:

FH firing again


FedExpress Says:

6-1 4-0

Wow.


skeezer Says:

Sorry haters, Fed is in ANOTHER final. His form is not vintage, but still enough to compete for a title. His serve bodes him well on these types of surfaces. Go Rog!


J-Kath Says:

Fed. back to his determined self. Think the title is his. As for Sasha – wonder what Ivan will be thinking?


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeeze,

Advance congratulations on cat day coming up on oct 29. Good work by my staff on keeping up with these days.


Humble Rafa Says:

As for Sasha – wonder what Ivan will be thinking?

I don’t know about thinking. Surely Ivan will be doing something with him after this loss. And it won’t be good, I think.

If I were Ivan the Great, I would just smile, be gregarious and funny, and confuse the hell out of Sasha.


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