Federer Foils Fognini At Paris Masters, Zverev Wins; Djokovic v Cilic Friday
by Staff | November 1st, 2018, 7:27 pm
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Roger Federer rolled in his first real match at the Paris Masters this week. After a walkover yesterday over Milos Raonic, Federer cruised past Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals and keep his slim hopes for a year-end No. 1 ranking alive.

“I think both of us were far from our best, but we fought with what we had and at the end I think I maybe served a bit better in the important moments than Fabio did,” Federer said. “Off the baseline, it was tough. He takes the ball early and can really redirect really well. But I’m very happy because it means I’m moving on in the tournament.”

Federer, who is seeking a 100th career title, will next face Kei Nishikori on Friday after the Japenese str knocked out Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4. Federer leads Nishikori 6-2 including a win last month in Shanghai.

New No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his bid to finish the year on top and the Serb won his 20th straight, this one by retirement as Damir Dzumhur had to stop down 6-1, 2-1. Djokovic has now taken his last 30 sets, a personal best.

“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the past year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic of his return to No .1″ “Of course, I’m very, very happy and proud about it.

“I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court. I’ll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1.”

Next for Novak is a date in the quarterfinals with Marin Cilic. The Croat ousted the Andre Agassi-led Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5), 6-4.

Djokovic has won 15 of 17 against Cilic but they have split two meetings this year.

“I had a very good head-to-head record until that match a few years ago here,” said Djokovic of facing Cilic. “He likes playing indoors. Obviously he has a big serve and a big game from back of the court. It’s just a very powerful style of tennis.

“It’s going to be a tough one, tough to receive his missiles. His first serves are really, really fast, and he uses a lot of rotation and variation with his serve. If he has a high first serve percentage, then it’s obviously a big challenge to play him because he’s got a really big game from back of the court.”

Cilic is closing in on an ATP Finals berth.

Defending champion Jack Sock continued to show signs of life after a horrible year. The American got past lucky loser Malek Jaziri, but will now run into Dominic Thiem. The Austrian Thiem went the distance to defeat Borna Coric 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5.

“It’s always fun to play him. We’ve had some great matches in the past. Haven’t played for a little while now, so I’m looking forward to that one,” said Thiem who leads Sock 2-1. “Of course I’m trying everything to stop him, but it’s going to be tough, especially here in Bercy.”

In the first quarterfinal of the day, young big men Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov collide. Zverev eased past the diminutive Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

Khachanov saved two match points in a serving fest against John Isner 6-4, 6-7(9), 7-6(8). The German has won both meetings against Khachanov.

FRIDAY PARIS INDOORS SCHEDULE
Court Central 2:00 Pm
4 Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov
16 Jack Sock v 6 Dominic Thiem
Not Before 7:30 Pm
5 Marin Cilic v 2 Novak Djokovic
Not Before 8:30 Pm
10 Kei Nishikori v 3 Roger Federer


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33 Comments for Federer Foils Fognini At Paris Masters, Zverev Wins; Djokovic v Cilic Friday

FedExpress Says:

Sock is winning Paris Bercy


RZ Says:

I thought Khachanov would win the match against Zverev but I’m surprised at the score. Anyone see it?


RZ Says:

Woohoo good week for Thiem, coming through 2 tough 3-setters.


Giles Says:

Rooting for Domi. 👍👍


Margot Says:

RZ: Sascha has a shoulder injury. KK is really improving tho.
C’mon Team Dom!


RZ Says:

Thanks Margot.
Go Team Thiem!


FedExpress Says:

First set Cilic

He is playing well but it is often the case with him that he cant keep that up. Played well vs Nadal in Canada and to some extent vs Nole in Cincy but only for one and half set.


FedExpress Says:

Is that court slow or is Nole fast?

Cilic won the point five times but everytime Nole brought the ball back.


FedExpress Says:

What have they done to the Bercy court? its like clay honestly.


FedExpress Says:

Nole an ultimate pusher in the true sense. But a good one. The best.


FedExpress Says:

Nole breaks


FedExpress Says:

Cilic an UE machine now


FedExpress Says:

WTF did Nole scream?


FedExpress Says:

Cilic done


FedExpress Says:

What a bend over by Cilic

Nole serving first in the 3rd also.


FedExpress Says:

The mental midgetness of Cilic surprises me everytime

Up a break in the 3rd. then shats into his pants.


FedExpress Says:

Wow. What a save. This court is slow. On any other court this woukd have been the break.

Fed wont finish the match before midnight it seems.

Fed will be a loser even if he wins the match cause of less recovery time.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic choked, Nole got lucky.

Cincy feeling all over again.


Wog Boy Says:

“The mental midgetness of Cilic surprises me everytime.”

Agree, remember finals of Wimbledon 2017 and AO 2018, he even had a nervous breakdown in London?


Humble Rafa Says:

Impressed with how well Jennifer is playing.


Skeezer Says:

Lets see if Djoket can beat a 37 yr old. He should. If not it would be a laugher.


FedExpress Says:

No illusion. Nole will beat Kei/Fed tomorrow.

in his post match Nole said he is battling flu.


Skeezer Says:

^This is good. Must have a good excuse if you lose. However, even with Flu, he should beat an old man. Not a problem.


Wog Boy Says:

“Lets see if Djoket can beat a 37 yr old. He should. If not it would be a laugher.”

I don’t see anything laughable in losing to #3 in the world and current GS champion, the only laughable thing is stupid comment.


Skeezer Says:

Its a fake #3. Held up by courts made for an old man, like AO, indoor, etc. Djoker should stomp on the old guy.
Expected.


Ronn Says:

This is a golden opportunity for the old fart. Djoko obviously has the flu and is drained of energy so if he can serve halfway decent he might be able to pull it off.


Wog Boy Says:

“Djoker should stomp on the old guy.”

He did that where it metered the most, Cincinnati.
Paris is done and dusted, mission accomplished, preserve energy for London.


Ronn Says:

Even if the old man beats a sick Djoko it will only make Djoko even more motivated to THUMP the old man at the WTFs. The worst thing you want to see as a tennis player is to have to face Djoko when Djoko’s determined to prove a point. Win or lose tomorrow, there’s no way the old man beats Djoko in London.


Humble Rafa Says:

If a player’s fans think he is an old fart, shouldn’t he quit. Asking for a friend.


Skeezer Says:

Why is there even a question about Djoke losing? Lol he will thump the old man or will be embarrassed. No way he should lose to a 37 yr old in ANY tourney nowadays. His Flu excuse sounds suspect, in case he loses. Why be scared of an old man?


Skeezer Says:

HR,
You wish he would quit. Lol. I see why. You have a losing record in Feds old age senior years, Can’t beat an old fart.


Ronn Says:

Humble Rafa, the “Arrogant One” thinks he’s immortal when he’s really the emperor with no clothes. It’s only during those brief moments when he wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after having a nightmare where Djoko is holding up the Wimbledon trophy while laughing at him does the “Arrogant One” have any doubt. But that’s just a dream, no?


Giles Says:

Lol, Not “ sick Djoko” but “ faker Djoko”. The faker is at it again Sheeeesh! Got a cold? My @ss !


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