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RG15 Day 6: Federer/Wawrinka to face Monfils/Simon

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TENNIS – Roger Federer (2) beat Damir Dzumhur ranked 56 in the world from Bosnia 6-4 6-3 6-2 on the Philippe Chatrier Court to advance to the 4th round of the Roland Garros for the 11th consecutive year. He will face Frenchman Gael Monfils (13) who battle past Pablo Cuevas (21) in five sets with 4-6 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 6-3. Federer- Monfils will not be the only Swiss-French match in the 4th round. Stan Wawrinka (8) beat Steve Johnson setting up an encounter against Giles Simon (12) Diego Sampaolo

 

Federer saved two break points in the second game of the second set. He dropped his serve while he was serving for the second set at 5-2 but he broke back in the ninth game with a crosscourt backhand to seal the second set. He got an early break to cruise through to 6-2 in the third set to clinch the win in 88 minutes.

“It’s a pleasure to win a match in this tournament. I am very happy. The weather is good and the stadium is full, said Roger Federer to interviewer Fabrice Santoro.

Dzumur was born in Sarajevo shortly after the outbreak of the Bosnian War in a maternity hospital located near the Zetra Olympic Hall which was destroyed during the war.

Dzumhur fulfilled his dream to play against his idol Federer. “I was warming up and I was still not believing that I am playing Roger Federer. It was a strange feeling like I am dreaming”, said Dzumhur.

Federer will face Monfils for the fourth time at the French Open. Monfils who recovered from 1-2 sets and 1-4 in the 4th set with a double break down to clinch the set 6-4 and forced the match to the decisive 5th set. He recovered from an early break to seal the win with 6-3 after 3 hours and 22 minutes to the delight of the partisan local crowd. “Paris is magic.I don’t know how but I am here. I can show some new emotion. The crowd just brings me something else, and I think it showed a bit more today,” said Monfils.

Wawrinka beat Johnson 6-4 6-3 6-2 in 2 hours and 8 minutes. The 1st set went on serve until the ninth game when Wawrinka got the only break of the opening set for 5-4 before holding his serve to take it. Wawrinka broke serve for 3-1 in the 2nd set and then continued to be stellar on serve. Wawrinka proved to be too much for Johnson who does possess a solid game. Wawrinka will face Simon who battled past Nicolas Mahut in five sets 6-2 6-7 6-7 6-3 6-1.

Richard Gasquet (20) recovered from losing the first set to edge past Carlos Berloq with 3-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1. Gasquet was finishing up the match which was suspended from the previous day due to poor lighting. Tomas Berdych (4) edged past Benoit Paire with 5-1 6-7 6-3 6-4. Berdych will next play another Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who defeated Spain’s Pablo Andujar 7-6 6-4 6-3. In the other men’s match in this half of the draw, Teymurez Gabashvili knocked out Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-4 6-4. Gabashvili will face Kei Nishikori (5).

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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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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev

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Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

 

Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.

 

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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.

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World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

 

The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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