Once again, Roger Federer (Profile) is through to the Swiss Indoor Open semi-finals after defeating World no. 22 Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. It may not have been his best showing in Basel, but he go the job done and will now meet another youngster in Canada’s Vasek Pospisil (Profile). This is only the second time these two meet on the professional tour, with the former No. 1 leading the series 1-0. Check out the Federer v Pospisil Head to Head.
The 17 time Grand Slam champion stumbled into the semis after a shaky performance early on in the second set against Dimitrov. The Bulgarian failed to serve out the second set at 5-3 and Federer pounced on his opportunity to edge out the set in a tiebreak in front of a delighted hometown crowd. Federer has been struggling after a season riddled with disappointing results and setbacks.He has failed to capture a single Major in 2013 and was even absent from two Grand Slams quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.
The 5-time Champion in Basel is still vying for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month and appeared motivated to finish the season strong.
Pospisil had a tough two set match against Ivan Dodig in his quarter-final earlier today. He defeated the Croat 7-6 (11), 6-4 in a remarkable performance considering his fragile state the morning of. He woke up feeling severe pain in his neck and was worried he would not be able to compete today.
“I woke up fine at 7:00 but then fell back asleep and slept in a bad position for 90 minute from 8:00 to 9:30,” said Pospisil, “I couldn’t move my neck to the left.”
The Canadian has had an astonishing season highlighted by an inspiring pre-US Open run in Montreal and impressive performances in the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Serbia, where he won the doubles rubber. Over the past three months, Pospisil has skyrocketed in the ATP rankings to reach a career-high of No. 40.
This has all the makings of an exciting encounter between the maturing star and the promising up-and-comer. Pospisil possesses the tools to give Federer a difficult match on court tomorrow and it will be interesting to see how the former no. 1 approaches the match. This is the second time they meet on the tour and the first time in two years, where Federer defeated the Canadian in Montreal 7-5, 6-3. This promises to be a far more competitive encounter.
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