Federer beats Paire, Mathieu defeats Dimitrov to reach Basel SFs

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Roger Federer needed just 54 minutes to defeat Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets, dropping just one point on first serve in a dominant 6-2 6-2 victory.

After both players started with holds to 15, Federer made his move taking the third break point opportunity of game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. He squandered five chances in the next game to take a double break lead but would not be denied on his next return game breaking to 30 for a double break lead and the opportunity to serve out the set. He would finally do so, but only after failing to convert two set points.

Federer started with two breaks to make it seven games won in a row as Paire began to falter. He would drop just four points on serve in the second set, eventually serving out to 30 in game eight to book his place in the semi final against Paul-Henri Mathieu with a record ninth final up for grabs for Federer.

Mathieu faces Federer after seeing off “Baby Federer” Grigor Dimitrov  in two tie break sets 7-6(2) 7-6(4). Despite serving 15 aces, Dimitrov was troubled on serve a number of times in the match. He saved two break points in the fourth game of the match before breaking himself and moving to a 5-2 lead. However, he failed to serve it out being broken to 30. Two more break chances came in game 12 as Mathieu attempted to force a tie break but he would be unable to convert and would pay for it in the tie break.

An awful tie break saw him lose five of his six points on serve as he lost the tie break 7-2 and with it the set. In game six of the second, Mathieu looked to have all but confirmed the match with a vital break of serve and held to confirm it in game seven. Unfortunately, it was time for him to blow a 5-2 lead as he got broke serving for the set. Another tie break would be needed to settle the set and while Dimitrov didn’t quite blow up like he did in the first, he failed to handle the scoreboard pressure once down 5-4 – losing both points on his serve to hand the match to Mathieu.

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