Swiss Indoors 2014 Quarterfinals
Swiss Indoors Basel Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 24
1-Roger Federer beat 5-Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4) 6-2
Borna Coric beat 2-Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6(4)
8-Ivo Karlovic beat Benjamin Becker 6-4 6-4
David Goffin beat 4-Milos 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4
Coric Upsets Nadal, Goffin Stuns Raonic; Federer Defeats Dimitrov; Karlovic in Semis
atpworldtour.com: October 24 2014 Basel, Switzerland - Croatian teenager Borna Coric achieved the biggest win of his career, taking advantage of a rare, off day from Rafael Nadal in their Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-final on Friday. The World No. 3, playing his first tournament since being diagnosed with appendicitis in Shanghai, was unable to fend off the 17 year old, who won 6-2, 7-6(4).
Six aces and 17 winners by the No. 124-ranked Croat, who first broke the Top 200 at No. 194 on 28 July, helped him in his win over Nadal, who had 37 total unforced errors in the match. The Croatian wild card will face No. 7 seed David Goffin in their semi-final on Saturday, who upset London finale contender Milos Raonic.
Despite being denied a first title in Basel, Nadal has already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, along with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic.
In the last evening match, one year after they faced off for the first time, Roger Federer once again got the better of Grigor Dimitrov in the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals. The Swiss defeated the Bulgarian 7-6(4), 6-2 to keep alive his hopes for a sixth hometown title.
The World No. 2 edged the first set in a tie-break after 54 minutes, and converted on his fifth break point opportunity of the match to go up 2-0 in the second. He broke Dimitrov for a second time and claimed victory after one hour and 29 minutes.
Federer has a chance of finishing as the year-end World No. 1, and can close the gap between him and Novak Djokovic in the Emirates ATP Race To London to less than 500 points by winning the Basel title this week.
The 33 year old will take an 11-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against 35-year-old Ivo Karlovic, including a victory in the 2007 Basel semi-finals. The 6’11” Croat advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over German Benjamin Becker. The eighth seed struck 19 aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points to advance in 76 minutes.
David Goffin extended his unbeaten run to 15 matches as he recorded his first Top 10 win over a leading Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender on Friday in the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals. The diminutive Belgian upset 6’5 Milos Raonic 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4, earning a semi-final clash with either Rafael Nadal or Borna Coric.
Goffin has not lost a match since a four-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov in the US Open third round, lifting his second ATP World Tour trophy in Metz (d. Sousa) and going on to win his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title of the season in Mons (d. Darcis). The Belgian, who broke his left wrist 13 months ago, has been nominated in the Comeback Player of the Year category of the 2014 ATP World Tour Awards Presented by Moët & Chandon.
Defeat for Raonic, coupled with David Ferrer’s quarter-final win in Valencia, sees the Canadian drop back to 10th in the Emirates ATP Race To London. The 23-year-old Raonic is bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time and will now look for a strong finish at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris next week