Former world No.1 Roger Federer maintained his incredible unbeaten record against the Spaniard Fernando Lopez he dominated 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters 1000 Friday.
Federer has emerged for the twelfth time in as many games against the Spaniard who had eliminated the day before another former world No.1, Rafael Nadal.
It took a little over an hour to reach the last four of a tournament he won six times.
“I am very happy with my tennis for my first tournament since Wimbledon. After an intensive training period, it is never easy to return to competition, but it’s positive, “said the Swiss.
In the semifinals Saturday, Federer will have to shape the player’s time, the Andy Murray who dislodged Switzerland place after the 2nd world title in Montreal last Sunday.
“Against Andy, it’s never easy, I beat him at Wimbledon, but since it is on fire, as he showed in Davis Cup and Montreal.”
Federer leads by 13 wins to 11 the balance sheet of his matches against Murray and won their last four games, including the semi-final of the Wimbledon final (7-5, 7-5, 6-4).
Gasquet gives way to Murray
The French N.2 Richard Gasquet held a candle to Andy Murray who snatched his ticket to the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters 1000 in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Friday.
Gasquet, who was ill, had to forfeit the Montreal tournament last week, a physically jammed against the shaped Player moment.
Biterrois, very aggressive service returns has started his first quarter-final Masters 1000 for two years.
He took the world No.2 service in the ninth game of the first set and confirmed with a shutout on serve to pocket the first set in 45 minutes.
In the second set, Murray regained the lead with a bang by winning the first five games, then the set in 32 minutes.
The deciding set first saw Murray take Gasquet service to lead 2-1, but the Scot immediately lost its advantage over a succession of three winning shots of his opponent.
At 4-4, Gasquet, at the edge of the break physically broke down and restored on a double-fault benefit – this time decisive – in Murray.
“It’s a shame, because I made a good first set. But in the second set, I took the water fast enough. I gave everything in the third set, but he rarely made mistakes: he serves well, he returns well, he has a huge physical “, analyzed Gasquet.
“He missed a bit of energy: I do not get to 100%, it does not forgive against such a player with enormous physical it. This is probably the most fit player of the circuit at the time, “admitted the semifinals of Roland Garros in 2015.
“But the balance remains positive, this is a good week for the US Open,” he concluded
In the next round, Murray, world No.2 in 1000 and winner of the Montreal Masters on Sunday will face the winner of the last quarter-final between Roger Federer and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.