Roger Federer kept his bid for an 8th Basel title having to come from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
“Today was a battle. I had to somehow dig and fight and sometimes these wins are more rewarding than just leading from the get-go and dominating throughout and bringing it home,” said Federer. “These are better matches to win sometimes, actually. I just had a tough time really getting into it and he was rock solid, so he deserved that first set, but the reaction from me was really important.”
Next for Federer in the semifinals is David Goffin. The Belgian who is making a push for London beat Jack Sock 7-6(6), 6-3. Federer leads Goffin 5-0.
The second Basel semifinal pits former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro against Marin Cilic.
Del Potro edged Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to up his win streak to seven matches.
“It was a really hard match, Bautista played some unbelievable shots the whole match,” said del Potro. “We played at a great level and I survived and I’m still alive to qualify for London. I know I am getting closer and closer to qualifying, but I need to keep winning here and in Paris. We’ll then see if I qualify or not.”
Cilic also went three sets over Hungarian qualifier Martin Fucsovics 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(4).
Del Potro, who has twice won the Basel title, leads Cilic 9-2.
In Vienna, Jo-Wilfried continued to strengthen his London bid toppling top seed Alexander Zverev 7-6(6), 6-2. Tsonga has won his last seven matches after taking the Antwerp title on Sunday. He now meets Philipp Kohlschreiber.
In the other semi, Kyle Edmund meets Lucas Pouille.
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October 28th, 2017 at 2:15 am