Swiss Indoors 2014 Day Three
Swiss Indoors Men's Singles Wednesday Oct 22
R2: 2-Rafa Nadal beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1 6-1
R2: 7-David Goffin beat Ivan Dodig 7-6(0) 6-4
R1: 1-Roger Federer beat Gilles Muller 6-2 6-1
R1: 5-Grigor Dimitrov beat Alexander Zverev 2-6 6-4 6-2
R1: Borna Coric beat 6-Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2) 6-3
R1: Denis Istomin beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-1 6-1
R1: Andrey Golubev beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 6-3
Nadal in Quarters; Federer Cruise in Opener; Coric Upsets Gulbis; Dimitrov Tops Zverev
atpworldtour.com: October 22 2014 Basel, Switzerland - Second seed Rafael Nadal, competing at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament for the first time since 2004, swept past qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals, where he will meet wild card Borna Coric or Andrey Golubev.
Nadal hit 15 winners past World No. 120 Herbert, who struck 11 double faults and committed 30 unforced errors in just his 17th tour-level match. Nadal has won two ATP World Tour indoor titles at 2005 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid and 2013 Sao Paulo.
Roger Federer continued his push for the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 spot on Wednesday when he began his bid for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Top seed Federer improved to 5-0 lifetime against Gilles Muller in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over just 47 minutes on Wednesday evening.
Federer hit 12 winners, including five aces in the 24-minute opener and did not lose any of his service points in the second set. Federer will next face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin who hit 14 aces to sweep past Jerzy Janowicz 6-1, 6-1 in 56 minutes. Andrey Golubev beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-3.
Croatian 17-year-old Borna Coric, contesting just his 12th tour-level match, defeated No. 13-ranked Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2), 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes recording the biggest win of his fledgling career on Wednesday.
The previous best result for the World No. 124 came over then No. 21 Janowicz in a Davis Cup tie versus Poland in April. Sixth seed Gulbis dropped to a 41-21 mark on the season, which includes two titles on French soil at Nice (d. Delbonis) and Marseille (d. Tsonga).
Later in the day, fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov battled past 17-year-old wild card Alexander Zverev 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 45 minutes. Dimitrov saved 11 of 14 break points to earn his 48th match win of the season and a second-round clash against Vasek Pospisil. Federer is a potential quarter-final opponent.
The 23-year-old Dimitrov is attempting to join Federer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November. The Bulgarian, a winner of three ATP World Tour titles this year, is currently No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race To London.