Roger Federer Rolls In Basel Opener; Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov Wednesday
by Staff | October 27th, 2015, 11:04 pm

Roger Federer looked sharp in an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Mikhail Kukushukin in his Basel opener on Tuesday. The defending champion is coming off an early exit in Shanghai, so a win today was key.

“Clearly, it was an important victory,” said Federer. “Losing today wouldn’t have been great for my confidence. I feel no effects from losing in Shanghai. I hope this match is a stepping stone to greater things this week. I’ve played so well over the years here in Basel.”

Federer is seeking a seventh title in his hometown and a 10th straight appearance in the final. He’ll next face Philipp Kohlschreiber who was a 3-set winner over Jerzy Janowicz.

David Goffin advanced as did John Isner and London longshot Richard Gasquet. Grigor Dimitrov was also a winner. The fledgeling Bulgarian beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 to set up a Wednesday showdown against Rafael Nadal.

Also tomorrow, Borna Coric faces Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka tests the dangerous Ivo Karlovic.

It’s never easy to play him, especially this year when he is playing the best tennis of his career,” said Wawrinka. “He has a lot of confidence. Playing him in Cincinnati was a really close match. You don’t have many chances when you play him, for sure. You need to take what you get and play well from the first point, because you’re under a lot of pressure.

“You know that you’re not going to have many chances to break his serve. You need to find your rhythm from the beginning, to play really aggressive on your serve. It’s going to be a tough challenge, that’s for sure.”

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[7] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [WC] M. Chiudinelli (SUI)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[4] K. Anderson (RSA) vs B. Coric (CRO)

Not Before 6:00 pm
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 8:00 pm
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
[WC] H. Laaksonen (SUI) / L. Margaroli (SUI) vs [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

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16 Comments for Roger Federer Rolls In Basel Opener; Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov Wednesday

FedExpress Says:

wtf happnend to wawrinka. was set and break up vs karlovic and should have been enough against a weak returner or did karlovic buy a return game somewhere?

FedExpress Says:

wawa is a hot/cold player

jatin Says:

Dr Ivo does it again. :)

FedExpress Says:

Dimitrov is a disgrace to tennis

armelwani Says:

Dimitrov getting his act together now.

FedExpress Says:

Hahahahahahhahhaahha. Now wait till he chokes like vs murray

J-Kath Says:

Oh my, I’m so sad , I really wanted Stan to win. Get back up there Stan asap.

J-Kath Says:

C’mon Rafa, C’mon, get the finger out!!!!

FedExpress Says:

Hhaha.dim is a clown,muppet, mental midget, choker.everything but a tennis player.

Led 4-2 inthe first and 4-0 in the 2nd. He is destroying his confidence with each match

FedExpress Says:

Can dimi serve it out?i dont think so

FedExpress Says:

And nadal is a lucker

FedExpress Says:

Dimi was specially created to choke

FedExpress Says:

Dimi should consider retirment. Break up in all sets

FedExpress Says:

Nadal loses ad wins throuh choking

Tazman1 Says:

Can someone tell me when Fed plays again?

J-Kath Says:

Tazman 1:

Roger plays today – not before 8.00pm Swiss time. ATP site gives the time-tables.

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