ATP Tour

Federer beats 'Baby Federer'

2013-10-26 00:18
Roger Federer (Gallo Images)

Basle - Roger Federer ended Grigor Dimitrov's seven-match winning streak and showed the Bulgarian he has some way to go to live up to his 'Baby Federer' tag with a 6-3 7-6 (2) quarter-final victory at the Basle Open on Friday.

Third seed Federer is now two matches away from scooping a sixth title at his Swiss hometown tournament and guaranteeing his place in the season-ending ATP World Tour finals.

It was the first meeting between the 17-times grand slam champion and young pretender Dimitrov whose stylish game has drawn comparisons with Federer.

The eighth seed was the form player, having claimed his maiden ATP title in Stockholm on Sunday, but was unable to make the most of his chances.

Dimitrov passed up five break points in the first set while Federer clinically won both of his to take the opener in 35 minutes.

The world number 22 got his nose in front in the second set but Swiss great Federer fought back, forced a tie break and then ran away with it to set up a semi-final against rising Canadian talent Vasek Pospisil.

Failure to win the Basel crown would leave Federer in danger of missing out on the eight-man season finale after a difficult year.

He is eighth in the ATP Race standings, with next week's Paris Masters the final event where players can earn points to qualify for the London showpiece.

Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina will face unseeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the other semi-final.

Results on the fifth day the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on Friday (x denotes seeding):


Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x1) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 7-6 (13/11), 6-4

Read more on:    atp tour  |  roger federer  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.