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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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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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