After several rather disappointing months, fifth-seeded Roger Federer seems to be regaining his old form which he confirmed by dismissing Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of BNP Paribas Masters 2013 and avenging the last week’s Basel defeat. The Swiss Maestro surrendered only two points on his serve in the opener, whilst he broke Delpo in the fourth game before wrapping up the first set with a hold to love. His amazing serving performance continued all the way until the tenth game of the following set when he found himself under pressure for the first time – the fourth seed Argentine took advantage of the opportunity and converted the second of his set points to force a decider. While FedEx failed to consolidate the initial break of the final set, he soon added another pair of them to march past his rival and grab a well-deserved semi-final ticket by recording a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory. Federer won 83% of first serve and 64% of second serve rallies and was also dominant in other statistical categories, including hitting 6 aces to Del Potro’s 3.
After two spectacular five-set marathons Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have played earlier this year, few would expect the second seed Serb winning in such an easy fashion this afternoon in the French capital. The seventh-seeded Swiss hardly got a word in edgewise in the opening set where he only held one of his service games, allowing Nole to move one nil up after half an hour of tennis on Court Central. Each player squandered four break points in the beginning of the set two before Novak broke to love in the seventh game and sealed an overwhelming 6-1, 6-4 triumph some minutes later. He beat Wawrinka sixteen times in eighteen matches.
“Roger is probably experiencing the worst season that he had in last 10 years, but he’s still a player to beat in every tournament, because he’s Roger Federer because he has won 17 Grand Slams, and we all know how successful a career he has”, Djokovic said regarding the upcoming semi-final blockbuster.