Less than a week out from their Swiss Indoor Open final in Basel, Roger Federer (Player Profile) will get an opportunity to avenge his loss on home soil when he meets the ‘Tower of Tandil’ Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Profile) in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters 2013. The two top competitors have participated in some remarkable contests, and while Federer leads the head-to-head series 13-5, Del Potro has recently turned momentum in his favour with some memorable wins over the Swiss, including his lone Grand Slam title in the 2009 US Open and two consecutive Basel Open finals, both of which went three sets.
Federer picked up his eighth straight win over Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals here in Paris. He hit 8 aces and managed to defend all three of the break point attempts from the German No. 2 to secure the win in just over an hour. The 2011 champion has admitted in the post-match press conference that he is playing his best tennis since the Dubai Open earlier in the year and is excited to build momentum heading into his 12th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals. He also mentioned that he planned gameplan adjustments for his upcoming contest.
“I have an idea of my tactics, my game plan,” said Federer about playing del Potro. “Now it’s important to be able to actually do it on the court. It’s an important match for me now. I need to take my opportunities.”
In a surprising performance this afternoon, Bulgarian no. 1 Grigor Dimitrov gave Juan Martin all he could handle and forced the Argentine to rally from a set down to topple the World No. 22 in three sets. It was a tight third set until the World No. 5 took advantage of an error on Dimitrov’s serve and broke ahead to serve for the match at 5-4. The win was his 50th of the season and sets up another encounter with the Swiss No. 1. With four title to his name in 2013 and a spot in the top 5 for the first time since 2009, it has been a marvellous year for Del Potro. Now in the final stretch of the season, the ‘Tower of Tandil’ hopes for a strong showing in Paris before heading to the ATP Finals in London.
This is the 19th time that Federer will stare across the net at the towering Argentine. Although the Swiss holds the overall lead in the series (13-5 overall), he has not defeated the World No. 5 since their encounter at the London Olympics last year and is 0-3 against del Potro since then. Federer has proven over the past couple of weeks that he is not a shade of his former self. In fact, he has shown that the aging star is still capable of eliminating the young guns as he disposed of Posipisil and Dimitrov last week and Anderson this week. This gives Federer fans hope in his contest against Del Potro tomorrow, particularly since their meeting last week was a competitive one, albeit riddled with errors from the former World No. 1.