Three-time Basel champ Roger Federer has breezed through his first two matches at his home tourny this week: Alexandr Dolgopolov retired against him in the first round (down 6-4, 5-2. . .well that’s the time to retire!) and Rog scored a quality 6-3, 6-4 victory on Wednesday vs. Janko Tipsarevic.
Defending champ Novak Djokovic, who took out Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-2 in his first round, watched the Roger/Tipsy match with the rest of the Serbian Davis Cup team.
Why the long face, Roger?
“I played well, served well and had hardly any errors. This is about as good as it gets. If I can keep it like this for the whole event, that would be amazing.
“That’s two perfect matches in a row. In the first set I was aggressive right away, I didn’t give him any chances. In the second I gave him no chances on my serve. It was a good match for me, I had hardly any mistakes.” (via the Deccan Herald)
Andy Roddick, who’s currently hovering at No. 8 in the year end rankings, defeated fellow American Sam Querrey 7-5, 7-6 (6) in his first match of the tournament. Coming off yet another injury break, Andy says he’s still hoping to qualify for the year end championships for the seventh time.
“I’ve qualified every year for a long time, that’s something I want to continue. That’s my goal at the start of every year. And I have the chance to accomplish it even with the injury.
“It would be nice to do after all of this.” (via the Deccan Herald)
Tomas Berdych is out, losing to a German qualifier. So much for the new, consistent Big Berd.
Not as good as it gets – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s announcement that he’s out for the rest of the season due to his damn recurring knee problem. Yes, I know it’s almost the end of the season anyway, but the last Masters of the year is in Paris, a title he won in 2008. I love watching a flashy French guy win in Paris – it’s a little bonus glitz at the end of the year. Almost as good as a freakish Nalbandian winning streak, which also ain’t going to happen. Are there any surprises left on the men’s tour this season?