Federer faces school friend Chiudinelli!!

11/7/09 in Tennis   |   Nads   |   589 respect

BASEL: Roger Federer puts an 18-match win streak at his home Swiss Indoors tournament on the line Saturday against old school friend Marco
Chiudinelli in the semi-finals.

The dream scenario in the hometown of both men will be the first for the pair in their tennis careers.

Federer, winner of the last three editions here, dispatched Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 6-2 in his quarter-final while world number 73 Chiudinelli hammered Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-3 to reach his first semi-final.

"It's so rare that I play a good friend like this," Federer said of his school friend and former rival on the football pitch.

"It should be a great experience. Marco has really been improving this year. It will be tough but enjoyable."

Novak Djokovic stayed atop the ATP win list with his 69th victory of a draining campaign Friday to reach the semi-finals, then admitted he's dreaming of a December vacation.

The Serbian second seed defeated Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, the sixth seed, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 after trailing a set and a break.

"A proper off-season should be a month and a half or so," Djokvic said of a break which will amount to a month for those elite players participating in the eight-man Wold Tour Finals in London from November 22.

"I don't know what I'll do (in December) but I know I have to rest - that is just as important as work.

"I've played the most matches this season. We have some important meetings coming up in Paris (next week's Masters) and London and we need to discuss the future of our sport," said the member of an ATP Player Council headed by Federer.

"The sponsors and tournaments don't want to see top players pulling out at the last minute due to injury (from a long season). Hopefully we can work something out."

Djokovic will now face Radek Stepanek who dimmed the qualifying hopes of Croatian Marin Cilic for a last-gasp spot in the season-ending ATP finals with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 upset.

Croatia's Cilic stands provisional 12th in the points race as he fights for one of a pair of slots remaining open in London.

But after a promising start, Cilic fell victim to the court craft which has made this 30-year-old Czech opponent such a threat.

Stepanek, playing Basel for the first time, completed his turnaround win in two hours, overcoming ten aces from Cilic and breaking on all four of his opportunities.

Cilic played the final last week in Vienna and was hoping for a running start this week heading into the Paris Masters from Sunday, the last event of the regular season.

Stepanek now stands 44-18 for a year in which he earned the third and fourth ATP titles of his career in Brisbane and San Jose.

Cilic, 21, is still riding the best season of his young career, 46-20 with two titles.
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11/7/09   |   Tushar_Gupta

riaa wrote:
hope he wins....... waiting for his 4th home title....

she l win i m sure

11/7/09   |   Tushar_Gupta

i kn she ll win her 4th wrld titek

11/7/09   |   riaa   |   38 respect

(Edited by riaa)

hope he wins....... waiting for his 4th home title....