Berdych, Wawrinka Bomb Out Of Basel, Federer In Action Wednesday; Gulbis v Isner In Valencia

by Staff | October 22nd, 2013, 11:57 pm

London chasers Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka both crashed out of the Basel event in Tuesday in first round defeats.

Berdych, who stands sixth in the London Race (top nine with Murray out will qualify), remains in good shape after losing a matchpoint in a final set breaker loss to Ivo Karlovic.

But in the eighth spot is Wawrinka who really hurt his chances getting stunned by Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-3 on his home soil.

Kei Nishikori and Marcos Baghdatis were also winners on the day.

On Wednesday, after a strong first round win over Adrian Mannarino, Roger Federer returns to face Denis Istomin. Federer is currently 7th position and with big points in Paris looming next week, is not a sure bet to make London.

Grigor Dimitrov, who Federer could meet in the quarters, plays Radek Stepanek. Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet are also in action.

Upsets also hit Valencia as local favorite Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Simon both went down. Tomorrow in a good line-up, Ernests Gulbis meets John Isner, David Ferrer faces Gael Monfils and Tommy Haas draws Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German affair.

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28 Comments for Berdych, Wawrinka Bomb Out Of Basel, Federer In Action Wednesday; Gulbis v Isner In Valencia

Chico Says:

Wow, what happened with Simon?

the DA Says:

LOL, and now Gasquet loses in straights to Llodra. It looks like none of those three want the remaining spots at WTF. They’ve opened the door for Fed to use this opportunity to gain points. Surely he won’t mess this up, right?

Brando Says:

Fed is in WTF now after all this.

Perfect fan Says:

If fed fails to win either of basel or bercy and still manages to book a place in WTF….i’ll be vry hurt. I’ll rather be happy to see him not qualify coz he doesn’t deserve to be there IMO….getting qualified just on the context of other players not performing….jus not good I feel.

I’m hopeful though that he could win….

Thomas Says:

Berdych has qualified for London. So 3 spots left.

Sirius Says:

@Perfect fan,

why won’t fed deserve to be in the WTF if he fails to win basel/paris? The rankings don’t lie. He will have earned enough points to get a place in the tournament. If others fail to gain as much as points, its not his fault. He played from the beginning of the season, started with a decent performance (AO sf, dubai sf, IW qf, later Rome F and then won halle). He gained points from tournaments he played according his perfomances there. So did the others. If they fail to get more points than roger, who’s to blame?

Sirius Says:

*according to

Perfect fan Says:

@ Sirius: Mathematically, Fed is rightfully deserving of the position he is in currently and most probably will qualify for the WTF. I am very much aware of the points system and I am also aware that even without winning a single title….u cud go on to qualify for the WTF (like Berdych this year).

But being a passionate fed fan….I want him to win a few titles and gain some confidence before going on to fight for the YEC. I believe a title here will do a world of good to him before the WTF.

It was JMO that…. he going WTF without a major title (in dnt know how many years) will seem a bit odd and sad to me….but that doesn’t mean if he plays that way in the WTF this year, I won’t cheer for him.

In a nutshell, feel sad to see fed struggling but the HOPE for a REVIVAL is still there as always. BTW, I am vry confident that fed will have a GOOD 2014 (F-I-N-G-E-R-C-R-O-S-S-E-D) !!

madmax Says:

Well, its one set all in basel and fed has some work to do. That second set really was tortuous. Hopefully he has got the better of Istomin now, there was a time when the big shots like Karolovic, Isner, Istomin now could fire bombs at fed but nothing would stop the return from him for a win.

Now, to watch Istomin calculate his shots which are pretty good, no doubt and with a strong mother behind him, Istomin really has got a shot here.

Everyone has nowadays, nothing to lose.

Come on Fed is all I can say.

madmax Says:

It’s just crap to see fed making so many errors. God. What to do?

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Feds up a break in the 3rd set,hoping he can now win this with no more drama,go Fed.

madmax Says:

Thank goodness! Roger won!

Istomin had a shot! but couldn’t pull it off? Wow…fed suddenly came alive! Oh, I so wish for the more confident fed, every match. It comes in patches now. Don’t know which is worse sometimes to watch him or not to watch him.

Perfect fan Says:

yipeeee….fed reaches Qtrs….awaits baby-fed ;)

but mind u….baby fed is a titlist now….may get offended if we dare say him baby now.

he will be pumped now to reach qtrs to face fed and will be despo to defeat fed in his home turf….can’t say impo though. but hoping for a good match overall, if it does happens.

Fake Dropshot Says:

Fed didn’t play Paris last year so how can he have “big points in Paris looming”?

M Says:

I think it’s so interesting that Tommy Haas is still doing so well (except, I guess, for today, LOL) and Roger seems to be struggling at times. I know Tommy works hard in the gym, and takes care of his diet … but I can’t imagine Roger being a slouch WRT those matters.

I guess there really is something to be said for genetics.

BTW, I haven’t heard what happened with Simon. He got breadsticked and bageled by Falla. I’ve seen Falla play live, and he’s good, but Gillou can outgrind just about anyone. Does anybody know what happened? Was he hurt?

M Says:

Also, PF – if Roger is in the top 8, he earned his place.

It doesn’t have anything to do with titles; the ATP doesn’t count those in the point race. It has to do with the points he’s earned by playing, round by round, tournament by tournament that he’s worked to appear in, till the year’s end.

Hawkeye Says:

Caroline Woz No. 1 without a major.

hawkeye Says:

Vashy takes out Ivo 3 and 4. Only surrendered 7 points in ten service games!!!

Plays Rog in the QF tomorrow.

Anything’s Pospisil!

hawkeye Says:

My mistake. Should have known better.

Fed plays the winner of Dimitrov and Dolgopolov tomorrow.

Fed will be on two days rest whereas his opponent won’t get off the court until late tonight!

Advantage Fed!!!!! Allez!!!!!!!!!

Perfect fan Says:

@ M:

I think u missed out my post on (23rd Oct 1:04 pm)….pls go thru it, u’ll get more clarity on wat i was intending to say then.

but thanx anyways pal….for sharing :)

hawkeye Says:

I know where Perfect fan is coming from. We hold our personal favs to the highest standard sometime.

madmax Says:

M Says:
I think it’s so interesting that Tommy Haas is still doing so well (except, I guess, for today, LOL) and Roger seems to be struggling at times. I know Tommy works hard in the gym, and takes care of his diet … but I can’t imagine Roger being a slouch WRT those matters.

I guess there really is something to be said for genetics.

M, I really don’t think you can compare to be fair. Think of the age, TH is 3 years older I think? and secondly, remember how many more matches Roge has played, which has resulted in legs that have been around the block a few times (!), Haas has had (tongue twister or what?!) fewer matches in his legs, plus significant lay offs from tennis through injury, so in actually fact, he is playing more like a 27 year old than a 35 year old or 33 year old, don’t you think?

Can’t compare the two.

hawkeye Says:

Yeah but can’t you counter that argument with the fluid (relatively non-taxing) way that Fed plays?

It’s like he’s playing on a cushion of air. Perhaps that only helps preserve his knees/hips.

I guess the back problem might stem from the serving motion and having to bend down so low so perhaps not.

hawkeye Says:

Just came across this on twitter. Nice…

Steve Tignor ‏@SteveTignor 11m
Dimitrov to play Federer. Here’s Dimitrov’s sad reaction to the (false) news Fed was retiring in Paris:

hawkeye Says:

Wow. You know what they say about imitation and flattery I guess…

Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg 3m
In honor of their first meeting tomorrow, re-sharing this staggering side-by-side comparison of Federer and Dimitrov:

Fed vs BabyFed

There is no substitute.

hawkeye Says:

C’mon, Man????

Fon Beckle Says:

Dimitrov will crush easy Fed as the last is OUT of form. There is no matter that Fed had to rest 2 days more…..

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