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Federer through after a hard fight

After the two-set victory over Joao Sousa in order to lunch time as the number 3 seeded Swiss beat the Croats as the number 13 seeded Borna Coric in the early evening after the overall match balls and more than two and a half hours of playing time 2:6, 6:4, 7:6 (9:7).

It was the first Time since 2004 and only the second Time that Federer, at the ATP stage had to ride tags two single best. The disadvantage of the double layer, which was to become because of the rain on Wednesday necessary, came against the run since Tuesday, game free-before-seen Coric in weight. But Federer retained after almost two and a half hours in the Tiebreak of the decision-making principle 4:a 6-residue nevertheless the upper hand and can continue to hope for his first Triumph in Rome.

His quarter-final opponent on Friday is the winner of the duel between Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 7) and Fabio Fognini (ATP 12). The two were on Thursday also twice.

increase after poor Start

In his second game of the day, Federer phase didn't seem fresh. He was incorrect, as even at lunch time, met up with unusual a lot of balls unclean, seemed unhappy, and struggled with different things. At the end of the first sentence, he had to treat himself because of a blister on his right thumb, at the beginning of the second, he complained about the after the course irrigation not yet dried lines, after he slipped on a out.

But Federer proved his fighting spirit and was rewarded for it. After losing the first set he found in the game. In the middle of the second set, the first Break to 4:2 succeeded, 6:4, a second after Coric was yet to come once. He alluded to increasingly Corics Forehand paid off.

No problems against Sousa

The first hurdle on the improvised "Super-Thursday" had taken Federer to the lunch-time against Joao Sousa (ATP 72) without complications. 6:4, 6:3 in 80 minutes against the Portuguese, he had to spend on fee a lot of energy. He hit 25 Winner compared to 8 of Sousa, freed a couple of times spectacular on the Defensive, and made three Breaks. EN route, he gave thanks to five fended off Break points harmless.

for the Last time had to have to play Federer before 15 years in Gstaad in a day twice. At the time, he had set in three sets against Ivo Karlovic, and Radek Stepanek and the tournament after won.

Early Out of Thiem

Dominic Thiem, a failure experienced was a dress rehearsal for the French Open. The number 5 seeded Austrian sand specialist lost his starting game in Rome against Fernando Verdasco in three sets. After the high-class of 2:43 hours, he had to give 6:4, 4:6, 5:7 beaten. The French Open Finalist of 2018 and this year's Barcelona winner, drew in the fourth duel with the 35-year-old Spaniard is the Shorter. (ddu/sda)

Created: 16.05.2019, 16:11 PM

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