Federer Saves 2 MPs v Coric In Rome, Gets Tsitsipas Fri.; Nadal, Djokovic Roll In 2 Wins
by Staff | May 16th, 2019, 9:50 pm

For the second straight week Roger Federer went right to the edge of elimination, saving 2 match points to Borna Coric 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7).

Because of the Wednesday washout, nearly all of the top players were forced to win two matches today to make the quarterfinal.

Federer earlier cruised past Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3 and was far from his best against the Croat. Coric broke the Swiss twice in the first, but felt the nerves late in the second.

And Coric jumped ahead 5-2 in the breaker then served for it at 6-4 but only managed one of the next five points in front of a thrilled crowd on Grandstand.

“It was very tight. I got very lucky again today already like in Madrid,” said Federer referring to his win over Gael Monfils last week. “It’s nice to get lucky I guess sometimes. I’ve lost a lot of heartbreakers throughout the years so it’s nice to win these and the atmosphere was fantastic. People were going crazy. It’s exactly how you want the atmosphere to be.”

To win his first Rome title, the 37-year-old Federer would have to win five matches in four days.

Tomorrow, Federer resumes his rivalry against the very in-form Greek Stefanos Tstisipas. The 20-year-old improved to 10-1 in his last 11 with straight set wins today over Italians Jannik Sinner and Fabio Fognini.

Tsitsipas stunned Federer at the Australian but the Swiss did avenge the defeat in the Dubai final.

“He’s considered the legend of our sport. He’s very much respected. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be twice more difficult than today. He likes to serve-and-volley. He has a lot of variety in his game. I really don’t know what to expect from him,” Tsitsipas said. “I expect he’s going to obviously try to take the ball early. I think with my fighting spirit and mentality, if I’m in the zone tomorrow, comfortable, I think I can do something.”

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both cruised in their two wins. Nadal, an 8-time Rome winner, looked downright ruthless beating Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1 then Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0. That’s two games dropped in four sets!

“Playing two matches is a very dangerous day. I was able to manage it well,” Nadal said. “I played well, especially I think better in the afternoon than the morning. Yeah, [I’m] happy about that level in the afternoon.”

Up next will be Fernando Verdasco who reached his first Masters quarters in almost 18 months with excellent wins over Dominic Thiem and then Karen Khachanov.

“Today obviously it was a hard day at the office, but a hard day in a really good way. I played six sets, but I won both matches. I won against Thiem, who is No. 4 in the world. For me, top three for sure on clay. Then Khachanov, he is also 11 or 12 or 13 in the world. Super tough player, too,” Verdasco said. “I’m so happy about it. I’m so happy about the level that I played today and how I performed today.”

After the loss, Thiem was none to pleased with how the tournament kept players around Wednesday during the washout.

Novak Djokovic also had an easy day with wins over Denis Shapovalov by 6-1, 6-3 and then Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0.

The four-time Rome champ will now meet Juan Martin del Potro who defeated David Goffin and then Casper Ruud who earned a third set default from Nick Kyrgios earlier in the day.

“[Del Potro’s] had also two comfortable matches today, didn’t seem to spend too much time on the court. Of course, he probably prefers because of style of play hard court more. He played equally well throughout his career on clay,” Djokovic said. “With that serve and forehand, it doesn’t really matter what surface you play on. It’s quite a weapon that he has.

“It’s going to be a great challenge. We had battles throughout our careers, last one in US Open final. I love him really as a person. He’s a lovely guy, really nice guy. We get along very well. I respect him a lot as a player.”

Kei Nishikori also won two matches beating Taylor Fritz in straight then needing three to eliminate Jan-Lennard Struff. He’ll now meet Diego Schwartzman who was a winner over Albert Ramos-Vinolas and then Matteo Berrettini.

Six of the Top 8 seeds made the quarterfinals.

Centrale 12:00 Noon
QF 1 Naomi Osaka v 6 Kiki Bertens
Not Before 2:30 Pm
QF Fernando Verdasco v 2 Rafael Nadal
Not Before 4:00 Pm
QF 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas v 3 Roger Federer
Not Before 7:30 Pm
QF (Q) Kristina Mladenovic v (Q) Maria Sakkari
Not Before 9:00 Pm
QF 1 Novak Djokovic v 7 Juan Martin del Potro

Grandstand 11:00 Am
QF 6 Raven KlaasenMichael Venus v Maximo GonzalezHoracio Zeballos
Not Before 1:30 Pm
QF Diego Schwartzman v 6 Kei Nishikori
Followed By / WTANB End Of WTA QF2
QF Marketa Vondrousova v Johanna Konta

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31 Comments for Federer Saves 2 MPs v Coric In Rome, Gets Tsitsipas Fri.; Nadal, Djokovic Roll In 2 Wins

Giles Says:

Fed pulls out of Rome with leg injury.

Giles Says:

Hope he’s fit for RG.

Ronn Says:

Typical Federer bs. Knows he’s gonna get mauled by Rafa in the semis so he runs away. He’s been avoiding Djoko like for the last year when he can because he knows he has a small chance to win when Djoko’s in form. 5 times since Wimbledon he’s “lost” to a scrub with Djoko waiting for him in the next round. He’s no GOAT because a GOAT wouldn’t duck his main rivals like that.

Skeezer Says:

^That post has lots of hog it its wash!
Was worried for the ol guy playing twice yesterday setting up potential injury and it happened. Dang! Get well Fed so you can beat Djoker agsin and wave your finger ;)

Madmax Says:

Hi Ronn,

Up to your old tricks again, eh? I don’t blame you Ronn. When you have not got so much going for you in your life, you project and become the cowardly persona you are.

Personally, I was shocked that Federer was able to get through a double match yesterday, beating off all the youngsters, just goes to show what it’s like to be hero, a trojan in the game. Something you would have no idea about, especially when your favourite colour is yellow, but for all the wrong reasons.

Ronn, GOAT he is and if, and until, he is surpassed, will always be.

Madmax Says:

and wow! There’s Giles, closet Federer Fan, hey Giles. Rafa needs you, you are speaking for the wrong team.

We are very proud of what Federer achieved yesterday. So, so, proud. He doesn’t need to take 7 months off with ‘injury’ and then come back ‘refreshed’ to play on clay. He took his chances, it’s what heroes do. Something you would know nothing about Giles. Nothing about. Enjoy trolling Fed. That is one thing you are good at!

FedExpress Says:

Hey Ronn, where were your wet pants when Rafa didnt bother facing Fed in the semis at IW this year?

Just STFU for once and enjoy your miserable life.

FedExpress Says:

Verdasco challened his inner choking abilties today in the first set.

Daniel Says:

5 matches on clay and three of them with MP (2 against one pro) was a great result for him. He got match play that he needed. He also gets the top 4 seed for RG and will only face Djokal in semis, if he reaches there. A QF or beyond in RG is what he needs and is aiming now. Anything more is a plus.

Question now is can Tsisi beat Nadal in back to back clay events? The rest for him os very well needed as he played Estoril (tirle), Madrid (finals) in last 2 weeks. Plus 2 matches tomorrow.
He should be ready for Nadal who dished another baggel today, 3 already this week.

Giles Says:

Madmax. You really are an ungrateful piece of work. I genuinely felt sorry for Fed that he had to withdraw due to injury but no, you had to turn it around to mean something sinister You really are a damn fool. Go to hell!

Giles Says:

Oh and Madmax hope you’re wearing your big red blouse in mourning.
Ungrateful and spiteful woman! Sheeeeesh.

RZ Says:

Glass is half-full on Nadal: The bakery is open and serving up bagels!

Glass is half-empty on Nadal: He lost 2 games in two matches? Slacker!

skeezer Says:

“Question now is can Tsisi beat Nadal in back to back clay events?”
The way Rafa’s form is right now I highly doubt it..

Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Madmax. You really are an ungrateful piece of work. I genuinely felt sorry for Fed that he had to withdraw due to injury but no, you had to turn it around to mean something sinister You really are a damn fool. Go to hell!

May 17th, 2019 at 11:07 am

Giles, the pathetic thing is (and it’s pretty sad..really is)…you try to reach out for friendship and I am supposed to take it? Nah. I give it a miss. But thanks for the back handed offer. With friends like you, who needs enemies.

I’ll skip it thanks Giles. Carry on Trolling.

Yes. The big red blouse. I have it thanks! Spiteful? Not me Giles. Just on your case because you can give it in droves, but cannot take it. Taste of your own medicine buddy.

Madmax Says:

and Giles,

Please. Give it a rest. To say that YOU WERE GENUINELY FEELING FOR FED.

Give me a break. Can’t believe you can go that far, when you cannot stand the guy.

The Big Pretender.

Giles Says:

Madmax. Whatever. You’re a sore loser. Have no time for you. The end!

Ronn Says:

Federer “injured” my arse. Not my fault you fed antics can’t accept that feddy is a paper ut tiger and HATES losing to Rafa and my boy Djoko.Little feddy’s been cherry-picking his tournaments for 3 years now and even in those tournaments he “loses” and runs away if my boy Djoko is waiting for him. The h2hs should be 30-22 in my boy’s favor by now but feddy runs away with his tail between his legs. And oh, you know damn well feddy wouldn’t have won those 2 AOS if Djoko wasn’t injured so go shove it. DJojo is the real king and your hero mental midget isn’t so be prepared for a lot of sleepless nights as Djoko passes little feddy’s records one by one over the next few years.

Van Persie Says:

A pleasure to see Delpo playing QF in Rome. He did well this week given his injury.
And his FH is such a joy to watch.
Not an easy match for Nole.

Van Persie Says:

My fave BH vs my fave FH in ATP. What a treat😋

Daniel Says:

Wow, Djoko drop shoting down MP. Either crazy or genius 😜
6-6 tiebreak

FedExpress Says:

What a chole by Delpo.

from 6-4 up he lost 4 points in a row.

Cant see him winning this in the 3rd. And his confidence will down a lot.

Daniel Says:

Djoko wins second set in old warrior way saving 2 MPs.

Open match, but the momentum with Djoko now. DelPo’s FH was working all match and on MP he had a FH middle court and send it away.

Djoko stood there and wait his chance. Even so, he serve for set first and played an awful game. Now I think Djoko comes through and watch out.

van orten Says:

Tennis is tennis .. that forehand miss will haunt him .. poor Delpo played so great .. now watch djoker get on a roll

FedExpress Says:

Ronn, just lick your balls.

Wog Boy Says:

Nole could have lost this match legally and protect his H2H against Rafa, like someone else is doing for the last couple of years, started one hour before final of WTF few years back, though it was bad back instead of bad leg.
It’ll will be hard to lose legally against Swartzman.

Delpo needed this win more than Nole, feel sorry for Gentle Giant.

Wog Boy Says:

With this WO two hours before the match he is legally classified as repeated offender, no bail for repeated offenders, no?

chrisford1 Says:

A shame when two guys you really like play a great match. One has to lose and you feel worse for the one who lost than the one that got the win.
There is still time for del Potro. There will be other opportunities. I’d like to see him get a ATP Championship or a career bookend Slam. Just not against Djokovic.
Rafa has to be favored if both guys make it to the Final, though Rafa has been known the last several years to be showing great form, looking invincible throughout a tournament – then plays at a lower level in the Final.
We shall see.
Rome is a great barometer for the guys to see how they are doing prior to RG. Very similar court conditions. Novak being Novak, he wants to test himself against Rafa in Rome to see how they compare before the Slam. Even if he loses, as long as he can whittle away at Rafa’s confidence.

skeezer Says:

LMAO. You’re just still butthurt Fed withdrew from WTF years back, even though he would have toilet wiped Djoker if they played.
Holding grudges is not good for your health. Have a Vodka and give it up.

Wog Boy Says:

“… even though he would have toilet wiped Djoker if they played.”

Like in other two finals they played at WTF (2012, 2015), serial offender has never beaten Nole in the final of WTFs and lost 3 of them (2014 when he chickend out included).

Talking about being butthurt (you don’t get butthurt when your man wins WTF as Nole did), but you do get butthurt when you know this, they played 19 finals and Nole won 13 (thirteen), so who was toilet wiped, 13 times in the finals and 25 times alltogether, grab a vaseline Sleezy, try harder next time.

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