US Open Champs Federer, Del Potro, Cilic Advance To Basel QFs; Thiem Falls In Vienna
by Staff | October 26th, 2017, 11:13 pm

Roger Federer cruised into the quarterfinals of his home Basel event thumping Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3. It’s Federer 15th quarterfinal at the tournament he has won seven times.

“It feels nice. I’ve played good tennis from the start of this tournament. There’s always extra pressure playing at home and wanting to do well and try to stay in the tournament,” Federer said. “I’m happy to be through to the quarters and we’ll see what happens now.”

In the quarters, Federer will meet lefty Adrian Mannarino who gained revenge on Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov who beat the Frenchman in Canada.

A pair of other former US Open champions also advanced. Marin Cilic went three sets to deny Borna Coric 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. And Juan Martin del Potro rolled French qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m not thinking too much about London. I just want to keep going and see if I can go far here,” del Potro said. “Once I finish this tournament we’ll see if I’m in good condition to play the next one. To me, playing at this level, it’s very important, looking forward to the next season as well.”

Del Potro will now meet Roberta Bautista Agut in the quarters tomorrow. Cilic faces the surprising Hungarian Martin Fucsovics and David Goffin continues his London push against Jack Sock.

In Vienna, home favorite Dominic Thiem was ousted by Richard Gasquet 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point in a win over Damir Dzumhur.

Tsonga, who’s also trying to stay in the London hunt, will face top seed Alexander Zverev on Friday.

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21 Comments for US Open Champs Federer, Del Potro, Cilic Advance To Basel QFs; Thiem Falls In Vienna

Margot Says:

Well played AM :) Still don’t think old gen Crashquet will win the lot tho. But, to coin a phrase, “waddaiknow.” ;)

AndyMira Says:

M!…hehe…thank u mucho Milady!!…But..i don’t think i’m well played at all…RC is on Top..i’m just 4th M!!…I think i’m just lucky for make a right guess regarding Thiem,that’s all M…

Btw…we’re inseparable in BOTH Brackets so far M!!Hahaha…I didn’t know u like me that much M!!….Aaaaaooooo!!!

About Crashquet…U know what?Me too don’t think that he will win when i make my pick M…I just didn’t know who’s to pick!…Sascha..even tho he’s the top seed…i…don’t have a faith in him to win here too…After he won Montreal,his form is not impressive much..lost in 2nd,3rd & 4th round in all his tourney..

And if u notice M…the underdogs win in all smaller Tourney[250,500]..i don’t know when this is start but it’s a pattern that i noticed not only on ATP..but WTA too….But then maybe i’m wrong….maybe Sascha will win here…let’s see okay?

Hehe…sorry for longggg essay!!Hehehe…

t4t Says:

Fed has easy path. Cilic, Delpo and anyone remotely a threat on the other side. As skeezer put it, no luck involved. Custom designed draw for the Maestro.

Margot Says:

Don’t apologise AM., it’s nice to chat :)
Well you were right about Sascha, just gone out to JWT. And you’re right about the old guard too, here come JMDP, Kohls, Cilic and JWT, not to mention Fed and Rafa of course.
As for your theory about who wins smaller tournaments….I shall be keeping my Sherlock Holmes eye on them from now on….;)

Margot Says:

PS AM, it’s also interesting to see, thanks to tennistv, players I’ve never seen before in action eg Dzumhur and Berankis.

Daniel Says:

Thiem as always running out of fumes late season.

DelPo and Cilci through hope DelPo makes finals and of Fed doesn’t win it he does.

Fed making a frw errors but most were on Mannarino’s gane. Until that awful 4-4 game he was broken to love with 4 UE. At leats the match is quick.
Mannarino hitting deep to not allow Fed to doctate but even ao Fed is maling too many errors, think he doesn’t want to engae in long rallies, whihc is what Mannarinos want.

Daniel Says:

Yeah. Early break in second set. His FH is a bit off today but BH still great. Made some noce passing shots from BH in that game.
Serving 2-0

Daniel Says:

Quick second set.

Daniel Says:

Fed break with another BH showa and a winner to close. Serve 4-3. Hopd and get the job done.

Daniel Says:

Apart from the loss of first set 6-4, it would be third match with a 6-1, 6-3 sets won. 3 Breadsticks in 3 matches. Looking great.

Daniel Says:

Nadal confirmed for Paris next week.

If he wins the event he secures year end #1 regardless of what Federer does in Basel (finals in Paris) or winning WTF. Nadal can even win 0 points in WTF.

So, it’s kind if in his racquet next week. Off course he never won Paris and I think only had 1 finals there.

Draw coming out tomorrow could be crucial for #1 race. If Nadal get some tuff opponents in R32 or R!6 he can lose early and open the door for Federer, who basically has to win all his matches this year (2 more in Basel, 5 in Paris and 5 in WTF) to maybe, be #1.

j-kath Says:

A few hints in a couple of articles that Fed. not as fit as should be — also saying something similar re. Del Potro —sigh, sigh, if there’s no news make some.

skeezer Says:

“Nadal confirmed for Paris next week.”
This was expected once he saw Fed making this run @ Basel.

Fed HAS to win Basel right?

James Says:

Fed should skip Paris. He will get injured again and joepardize the main prize, YEC. Given that Nadal is playing Paris, pretty much impossible for Fed to get to No. 1 this year. That was pretty much decided at the USO. If No. 1 was so important to him, he should have skipped Basel and played Paris, which is double the points. No way can he win Basel and Paris, and then have anything left for the YEC, at this ancient age.

Daniel Says:

Actually no, he would have to win Paris and Wtf.

Nadal has 10465 and Fed 8685 (with Basel semis),

But if fed doesn’t win Basel things looks better for Nadal. And Paris draw is out so the chance of Nadal using before QF (which would be better for Fed) are slim. He is playing Mischa or Chng R3 2 and Cuevas/Kachanov/Ramos Vinolas R16. Can’t seem him losing to any, unless he is still feeling the knee.

So, Fed has to win Basel now and play Paris and see how it goes next week. Most likely he will need Nadal to not go beyond semis in WTF, preferable losing a match in RR, qualify second and play Fed in semis. so this way Fed has a direct confront with him to try to prevent hi for going to finals.

j-kath Says:

The Paris Draw: Cilic looks like only player in Federer’s half that could give him some “aggro”…so why not play?

gonzalowski Says:

Mischa Zverev could be a hard 2n round for Rafa…

Giles Says:

skeezer. Don’t be so naive. Fed is chasing Rafa, not the other way round.

Daniel Says:


If he keeps playing matches under 1 h and 30 min is doable. Cilic or DelPo may be spent in finals. They play a lot of three setters and can play a long match now.

WTF is one week after Paris, so he’ll have time to rest.

#1 Is pretty much on, he still can finish #1 if he wins everything. Nadal may very well lose a match in WTF, specially if DelPo qualify on his side (or to Cilic or Dimi who plays him close). With 400 pts playing Fed in semis and Fed winning 1500 pts in WTF he takes in 1 tourney 1100 pts difference. Also Nadal usually doesn’t go far in Paris, s he may not make finals there either.

This is indoors fast season, Fed can play 2 weeks in a row. He can’t be afraid of injury all the time. He already had bad luck in candy and that was after a long lay off. Better play and get his body going, in 3 weeks time he will end his season: 15 matches in 4 weeks and he can rest and recharge for 50 days before next year.

Giles Says:

Oh poor fed is so sick but leads Goffin 5-1, Lololol

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