Seventh seed Roger Federer rolls on at the BNP Paribas Open 2014 after turning in another convincing performance to beat Kevin Anderson, seed number 17, who eliminated Stan Wawrinka in the previous round to prevent an all-Swiss quarter-final. Roger maintained a 65% first serve ratio throughout the match and won 89% of the second serve rallies. There was little to separate the rivals in the highly competitive opener with FedEx pouncing on the South African and broke to love to claim the set which would otherwise end in a tie-break. Anderson never regrouped from the shock and was a mere spectator in the second set as the Swiss Maestro stormed to a 5-0 lead before holding to love to complete yet another straight sets victory in Indian Wells by winning 7-5, 6-1. The players scored three aces each over the course of the seventy-minute long encounter on Stadium 1. Federer is bidding for his fifth title at the ATP World Tour 1000 tournament and the 79th career trophy in total.
“[I] gave myself chances and started with a few more returns in play, I guess, at 5-all,” said Federer, on how he won the opening set. “I was also… feeling good movement wise [and] feeling good absorbing his pace [and] also being aggressive myself. I think the combination in those 10 minutes, all worked out for me. It was big to win the set and then to go on to break early in the second. Then [getting a] double break was like a bonus. From then on I was home basically. It was a really good match for me, basically.”
28th-seeded Aleksandr Dolgopolov, who upset Rafael earlier this week, stunned yet another higher-seeded opponent to reach his debut semi-final at a Masters Series tournament – this time he prevailed over Milos Raonic in straights sets. The World no. 31 Ukrainian – his highest ranking was number 13 two years ago – capitalized on the single break point of the opener to move one nil ahead and staged an impressive second-set comeback after having been trailing 0-3 behind the tenth seed Canadian. Uncharacteristically, Raonic hit only four aces against Dolgopolov’s six with the Ukrainian also prevailing in the first serve points won department. He triumphed 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with the current Swiss number two. The Kiev native has conquered a couple of ATP tournaments so far and has played in four more finals.
“I played good for three weeks,” stated Dolgopolov. “I’m quite fresh. I felt good physically today. I’m confident enough to come out and play good tennis. Then who knows, you know? I beat a lot of good players around here, so I wouldn’t see why not win more matches.