Roger Federer cruised to the Rome Masters 2013 quarter-finals where he will meet Jerzy Janowicz. Benoit Paire, who took out Del Potro, and Marcel Granollers also advanced.
After throwing out Tsonga in the second round, talented Pole Janowicz now eliminated ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France to enter quarter-finals at Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The Frenchman seized the opener as he served out the set after acquiring a one break advantage. In the second set Janowicz failed to consolidate an early break and eventually needed to take his chances in a tie-break lottery – he held his nerves and won the thirteenth game comfortably. Gasquet then suffered a loss of serve in the first game of the decider which ultimately cost him a third round defeat. The Pole thus squeezed into the Rome quarterfinal with a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory.
In the next round Janowicz will take on second seed Federer who had no problems dismissing Frenchman Gilles Simon. The Swiss Maestro dictated the terms in both of the sets and broke his opponent four times in total. He capped off his great performance by serving out the match with a hold to love after one hour of tennis. End score: 6-1, 6-2.
Simon’s compatriot Paire was in a better form as he managed to oust seventh-seeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets – the 24-year-old rivals had not met before this year’s edition of Rome Masters. The unseeded Frenchman grabbed his second break of the opening set to make it 5-4 and served out the set next. As there were no break point threats in the following set, a tie-break was needed to tell the players apart – Paire was more consistent and created a match ball at 6-3 which he converted to reach a quarter-final in Rome. The result: 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Paire’s next adversary will be another unseeded quarter-finalist Granollers of Spain who prevailed over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in three sets. He triumphed with 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.