Thursday, November 3, 2011

Roddick Sets Federer Quarterfinal match

Roddick Sets Federer Quarterfinal match

Andy Roddick beat Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals in Basel.

Roddick capitalised on four of his five break points and will next play against Roger Federer, whom he last played in the semi-finals of this tournament in 2010. The 30-year-o.

"I was frustrated that I didn’t get more first serves in court [in the first set], but regardless of how badly you play in set one, it’s still only one set and I just tried to remind himself of that and luckily I played better in the last two," said Roddick, reflecting on his second-round win. "I thought he had a pretty good serving day, so to be able to break four times was good for me. Obviously it’s a tall order [against Federer], but I’ll go out there and give it a go and hopefully come out on top."

The American is playing his first tournament since the death of his manager, Ken Meyerson, on 19 October. "It’s certainly not easy," he said. "You go back to, 'what would he have wanted me to do?' and he was always up for me playing. That’s what he enjoyed. I think the easiest times I’ve had are where my mind is occupied with something. It’s those times when you’re not doing anything that it’s hard. This obviously occupies my mind a little bit."

Stanislas Wawrinka advanced with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Robin Haase, converting four of his 17 break point chances during the two hour, eight-minute match.

Kei Nishikori defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour and 47 minutes. Nishikori will face lucky loser Mikhail Kukushkin, who defeated James Blake 6-3, 6-4.

"I would like to maintain my Top 30 ranking and eventually get into the Top 20," said Nishikori. "I am working hard on my serve and physical conditioning."