Roger Federer progressed to the semis of Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2013 where he is meeting Benoit Paire.
Unseeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz, who threw out Tsonga and Gasquet on the way to the Rome quarter-finals, was stopped by the second seed Swiss Maestro in straight sets. The latter rescued both break points he was facing in the opening set, whilst he converted his very first one when Janowicz was serving to stay in the set. The Pole replied by breaking FedEx in the first game of the set two, but failed to serve it out at 5-4 as the Swiss saved a set ball and eventually forced a tie-break. Federer created the first match ball at 6-2 and did not waste any time to book his semifinal ticket with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory. This was the first time the players have met at ATP events
The clash of neighbors on the ATP Rankings ended with Frenchman Paire’s smashing victory over Marcel Granollers, his first one over the Spaniard in three matches. The encounter started with the 36th-ranked Frenchman escaping to 5-0 before letting his opponent getting on board with a love hold. It was far too late for Granollers to turn the tide, though, as Paire converted his first set ball next. The three-time ATP title holder Spaniard’s performance did not improve in the set number two as his rival kept bossing him around and delivered him a second set bagel in the end. Impressive Paire, who did not face any break ball threats during the match, thus entered the Rome semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph, spending only fifty-eight minutes on the court. The unseeded Frenchman has no ATP trophies to his name yet.
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