Friday, August 11, 2017

Federer into Montreal quarters

Federer into Montreal quarters

Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters.

Federer had never lost in 16 previous meetings with Ferrer, who he first defeated 14 years ago at the Vienna Indoor tournament.

The Spaniard surprised by winning the opening set but the Swiss ace raised his game to win .

A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 4-1 in the first set.

Nowhere was Federer's wayward performance better illustrated than in the seventh game, when he squandered three break points at 0-40 to allow Ferrer to hold to take a 5-2 lead.

Federer held for 5-3 and looked to have clawed his way back into the set with a break of Ferrer's serve in the next game to make it 5-4.

But Federer was struggling again as he served to level the set, finding himself set point down. He saved the first with an ace but Ferrer made no mistake with his second set point, converting to take the opener 6-4.

Federer however responded quickly in the second set, going a break up to lead 3-2 before holding for a 4-2 lead.

With Federer slowly improving his first serve, Ferrer was unable to carve out the break opportunities he had found in the first set.

The set went with serve as Federer levelled.

An early break in the decider put him in control as a weary Ferrer began to tire.

Some vintage play at the net helped put Federer 4-2 up with Ferrer seemingly unable to summon a response.

The decisive break came in the seventh game, with Ferrer netting a forehand return to leave Federer 5-2 up and serving for the match.

Federer promptly went in for the kill, attacking the net and opening up the court to clinch victory with a deft volley.

"I had a good start & a better finish. That's important for me. I hope this match will give me strength and confidence for tomorrow " Federer said.

Federer will now play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Article from Yahoo