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Federer through to the quarterfinals, but he won't face Wawrinka

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TENNIS – Roger Federer has reached the quarter final for the ninth time at the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells after beating Tommy Haas after an entertaining match with a double 6-4 but he will not face his fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka who was defeated by South African Kevin Anderson in three sets with 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-1. Diego Sampaolo

 

Federer capitalized on just three of his 11 break points to claim his 13th win in 16 head-to-head matches against his German friend Haas.

The first set went on serve in the first four games until Federer broke serve in the 10-minute fifth game after Haas made a double fault and hit a forehand long to trail 2-3. It was the first of three consecutive breaks in the first set. Haas broke back immediately for 3-3 after a 24-shot rally ended with a forehand error by Federer.

Federer converted on his fourth break back point chance to take the 4-3 lead after Haas saved three break point opportunities. Federer held serve to love to close out the first set on his first set point after 43 minutes. In the first set Federer hit 12 winners to Haas’ six and won nine of his 10 net points.

Federer converted on his fourth break point chance to take a 3-2 edge in the fifth game of the second set before closing out o his first match point with his seventh ace.

There will not be the eagerly-awaited Swiss quarter final derby as this year’s Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was beaten by in-form Kevin Anderson who clinched the win in three sets 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-1.

Federer beat Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in their only head-to-head match last autumn in Paris Bercy but Anderson is enjoying a good period of form as he reached two consecutive hard-court finals in Delray Beach and Acapulco moving up to World Number 18.

The South African player put an end to Wawrinka’s winning streak this year. It was the first 2014 defeat for the Australian Open champion who won 13 previous consecutive matches.

Anderson broke serve in the second game of the opening set but he dropped serve in the following game after a backhand unforced error. Wawrinka got two break point chances at 4-all but he failed to convert on them. Anderson wasted a 40-0 lead at 5-5 with two consecutive double faults. The first set came down to the tie-break which Anderson dominated with 7-1.

Stan called the medical time-out at the start of the second set. On his return to the court Anderson broke serve to love at 1-1. Wawrinka received again treatment on his hamstring and he looked to be on the verge of withdrawing from the match but he managed to break serve at 3-2 for Anderson. Wawrinka earned four break points when he was leading 4-3 but Anderson saved them. Anderson saved to stay in the set but he made a double fault to hand Wawrinka two set points.

Anderson saved both set points but Wawrinka converted the third break point with an incredible backhand return to force the match to the third set after two hours.

Wawrinka made three consecutive forehand errors to earn Anderson two break point chances. Wawrinka managed to save them but Anderson converted on a third break point chance. The South-African player broke serve to love for 3-1 before closing out the 19-minute third set on his first match point with 6-1.

Wawrinka fought back from a break down in the second set but he was broken serve in the first game of the decider and dropped serve again in the fifth game to love. The Lausanne player was broken four times after not facing a single break a single break point in the first two matches at Indian Wells.

Anderson scored his fifth career win against a top-ten player and improved his seasonal record to 14-4.

Federer showed great respect for his quarter final rival Anderson. “I know how tough he is. He is the best on hard court outdoors here in the United States. That’s when he has had his best success. I am aware that it is not going to be an easy match.”

Federer and Wawrinka will not meet in the singles quarter final but they teamed up to win their doubles quarter final match against Radek Stepanek and Leander Paes with 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-4.

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Basel 2019 Preview: Roger Federer Targets Record As Rivals Looks To Qualify For ATP Finals

Federer is on a quest for a 10th title in Basel and could play an all-Swiss quarter-final against countryman Stan Wawrinka later this week.

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This year in Basel the competition is at its top, with two spots yet to be reserved in the race to the ATP Nitto Finals.

 

Roger Federer, who could make a 13th final in Basel this year, will commence his campaign against qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in the first quarter. In the second round the 20-time grand slam champion could play either Radu Albot or Dusan Lajovic, whom he has a clean head-to-head profile against.

Meanwhile European Open finalist, who just lost to comeback kid Andy Murray in Antwerp, Stan Wawrinka is facing the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the first round. Should he take off with a win, he would face either Frances Tiafoe or Daniel Evans before he could set a clash with last year’s Basel champion in quarter-finals.

Generally it could be theoretically an easy contest for Federer, who has a H2H profile of 23 wins to three loses against Wawrinka with 17 of them on hard-courts. However Wawrinka is in good form after making his second final of the year last week after Rotterdam in February.

The second quarter sees one player who has guaranteed his debut at the ATP Nitto Finals. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas regained some of his good tennis during the Asian Swing where he ousted the World No.1 Novak Djokovic in Shanghai to reserve a place at the ATP Nitto Finals. Tsitsipas is taking on Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round. Only one meeting has taken place between the two on the ATP Tour in Barcelona last year with the Greek winning it. Then he could play either qualifier Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis or Pablo Andujar in the second round.

However, there is another player in this quarter, who is still trying to make it to the ATP Nitto Finals. Fabio Fognini had a disappointment last week when he lost in his first match in Stockholm after making the quarter-finals in Shanghai before losing to Daniil Medvedev. The Italian is starting against  Alexei Popyrin then he could face either Laslo Djere or Filip Krajinovic, who made it the final in Stockholm before losing to Shapovalov. Fognini is in the 11th position in the race to London, going after countryman Matteo Berrettini, 8th position, with a gap of 290 points.

Should a quarter-final between Tsitsipas and Fognini occur, the Greek leads in their previous confrontations 2-0.

Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut is in the third quarter. He has been in bad form these past couple months, but is only 40 points behind Berrettini in the race to London. Should the Spaniard want to make his debut at the O2 Arena this year, he has to be pretty much on form as he opens against Marius Copil. Who showed a very good form in Antwerp last week and possess a big serve that could be an obstacle to a lot of players. The winner of that match will face either the Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round.

Still in the third quarter, another player is in the run for a spot at the ATP Nitto Finals with 90 points behind the Italian Matteo Berrettini. It’s David Goffin, who is taking off in Basel against former US Open champion Marin Cilic in what could be a thrilling match, but the Croatian isn’t in good form recently. Goffin would face either the big serving Reilly Opelka or Chile’s Cristian Garin in the second round, should he get past Cilic.

Second seed Alexander Zverev takes on Taylor Fritz in the opening round in what could be a tricky match in the fourth quarter. Zverev, who has had a very tough season this year and recorded his first top-10 win just days ago in Shanghai against Federer, has gained in momentum  significantly after his participation in Laver Cup a few weeks ago. He is now in the 7th position in the race to the O2 Arena after reaching the final in Shanghai, which he lost to Medvedev in straight sets. He has either Alex De Minaur or Hugo Dellien in the second round with possibly Benoit Paire or Germany’s Struff in the quarter-final.

The Frenchman Benoit Paire is opening against the wild card holder Henri Laaksonen, should he cruise to the second round, he would face either Jan-Lennard Struff or Miomir Kecmanovic.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas On Why His US Open Early Exit Was ‘The Best Thing To Ever Happen’

The Greek No.1 sees a silver lining to one of his latest losses on the tour.

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Losing in the first round of a grand slam isn’t something players are normally happy to talk about. However, for Stefanos Tsitsipas he doesn’t think he would be where he is now if he didn’t suffer an early loss at this year’s US Open.

 

The Greek player was seeded ninth in the draw at Flushing Meadows. He fell at the first hurdle to Russia’s Anrey Rublev in four sets, who went on to reach the fourth round of the major. Tsitsipas has endured a mixture of results in the grand slams this season. In January he scored his first major breakthrough by defeating Roger Federer on route to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. However, his runs in the majors has got worse as the season progressed. Losing in the fourth round of the French Open, followed by the first round at Wimbledon. Ironically Tsitsipas believes believes it is his US Open misfortunes that has had the biggest impact on him.

”It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” Tsitsipas told atptour.com. “I stayed in New York for six or seven days after and it gave me time to discover new things. It was important for me to enjoy and realise what I needed in my life.
”It was my decision to live life how I wanted to, not how others wanted me to. There was a time last summer when I doubted myself, [thought] that I wasn’t interesting as a person. I wanted to be someone else, but now I understand that it’s awesome to be myself.”

During the Asian swing the 21-year-old won seven out of nine matches played (excluding retirements). Reaching the final of the China Open and the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. It was the first time he has reached the last four at two consecutive tournaments since May (Madrid and Rome).

Tsitsipas is hoping to continue his surge in form this week at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. He will be seeded third in the draw behind nine-time champion Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev. The world No.7 is yet to win an ATP 500 tournament. Something he hopes to change over the coming days.

“I’m currently in the best state of my life,” he declared. “It doesn’t have to do with results or playing good tennis or bad tennis. I’ve been feeling very happy and very well. I’ve been enjoying life more in general and that reflects in my game. It makes me happy and makes me want to live better.”

Already qualified for the ATP Finals, Tsitsipas is hoping to end what has been a roller coaster season on a high. He has achieved a win-loss record of 49-22 so far this year (including Davis Cup), but has also lost his opening match at eight tournaments.

“I think it’s normal to have ups and downs and I learned a lot this year.” He told reporters on Sunday during a press conference. “I’m looking forward to playing in Basel, Paris and London and hope to go as far as possible.”

In Basel, Tsitsipas will open up his campaign on Tuesday against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Viñolas. A player he beat in straight sets during last year’s Barcelona Open.

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Andreas Seppi upsets Karen Khachanov in another three-set marathon match in Moscow

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Thirty-five year-old Italian veteran Andreas Seppi came back from one set down to beat Karen Khachanov 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the quarter final of the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

 

Seppi confirmed his reputation as a marathon man by winning all of his matches this week in three sets during this week’s edition of the Kremlin Cup.

Khachanov broke serve twice to win the first set 6-3. The young Russian player did not convert four break points, when Seppi was serving at 4-3. Seppi broke serve in the ninth game to set up a third set when Khachanov hit a forehand into the net.

Khachanov got an early break at 30 in the first game of the decisive set. Seppi broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Seppi won 12 of the last 14 points and broke serve in the eighth game with a forehand passing shot. The Italian served out the win on his second match point in the ninth game.

Seppi set up a semifinal against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who beat fourth seeded Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-3) 6-1.

Marin Cilic reached his first semifinal of the season with a 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) over Jeremy Chardy one day after scoring his milestone 500th win this season. Cilic did not convert a match point at 5-4 but he won the tie-break 7-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes setting up a semifinal against home favourite Andrey Rublev, who cruised past Nikola Milojevic 6-2 6-3 reaching his second semifinal of the year.

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