ROGER FEDERER NEWS
Unfortunately, Roger did not take the court today as his opponent, Stan Wawrinka, had to retire due to an injury.
After an intense 2 and a half hour match against Frances Tiafoe, Stan said it flared up his back injury and took a toll on his body. Clearly disappointed, Stan said, "Not to be able to play this match in Switzerland is very sad. But I need to listen to my body at this point.”
Roger will now face either Tsitsipas or Krajinovic for a spot in the Finals.
Roger took the court in near perfect form today against Radu Albot. He lost just 3 games as he flawlessly hit targets and dominated the match winning 6-0, 6-3.
Roger will most likely face a more challenging opponent in the next round but still seems to be looking like the favorite at his hometown tournament!
“I’m extremely happy because I really struggled against him in Miami and he definitely got my attention there. I was basically a point away from losing,” Roger said. “It was important for me to show a reaction to that match and come out with a proper game plan. I think I learned a lot from that match."
Roger needed under an hour today to dominate his 1st round match at his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors Basel Tournament. He beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 with a near flawless match which included 12 aces.
This match marks his 1,500 tour-level match and is looking to add his 102nd title to his record.
Roger's Round of 16 match against David Goffin was not the easiest. The Swiss star had to save 5 set points to battle back in the first set, eventually taking it in a tiebreaker. While the second set was still close, Roger remained in control locking up the win 7-6 (7), 6-4.
"I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today. I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the US Open," said Roger.
He will face Alexander Zverev in the Quarterfinals.