Fifth seed Roger Federer came up with another vintage performance and confirmed his fine run of form by demolishing ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of the Sony Open Tennis 2014 after forty-nine minutes of tennis. The Swiss Maestro improved the head-to-head record to 12-2 and stayed in race for his third Miami trophy. The Frenchman held the first service game in the opener, but was then run ragged by FedEx who broke three times in a row to move one nil ahead. The set number two was only a contest until 3-2 for Roger who then marched through the remaining games to land his spot in the quarter-finals by winning 6-1, 6-2. The Swiss is scheduled to play Japan’s Kei Nishikori next.
“You just take what you get and you run with it,” said Federer. “I think I played well. I served well. I made my returns I had to and stayed aggressive, so I didn’t let him just make errors. I forced him to do stuff. It was a good match for me.”
The twentieth-seeded Japanese reached the quarter-final stage by prevailing in a three-set thriller against last year’s finalist David Ferrrer, seed number four. In a bizarre opener Nishikori wasted a double break lead he had constructed early on before breaking for the third time to make it 5-4. However, he failed to serve out the set and a tie-break showdown followed in which the Spaniard missed a couple of chances to complete a comeback and eventually gifted the set to his rival. The level of excitement dropped significantly in the following set where Ferrer broke two times to make it all square and force a decider. The athletes shared four breaks between them in as many games in the beginning of the final set before finding their service form. The subsequent tie-break was a true highlight of the third-round drama as the resilient Japanese celebrated a 7-6 (7), 2-6, 7-6 (9) victory after defending four match points.