Roger Federer, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro are all through to the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel. All three of them had to battle it out in three sets though. Homeboy Federer dropped the first set of the tournament, as he came from behind to defeat Adrian Mannarino (4-6, 6-1, 6-3). Federer said “Today was a battle. I had to somehow dig and fight and sometimes these wins are more rewarding than just leading from the get-go and dominating throughout and bringing it home. These are better matches to win sometimes, actually. I just had a tough time really getting into it and he was rock solid, so he deserved that first set, but the reaction from me was really important.”
Swiss Indoors Basel Semi-final line up for friday
Juan Martin Del Potro had to battle past a resurgent Bautista Agut in his quarterfinal match. He defeated the Spaniard 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. Del Potro has won twice here defeating Roger Federer twice in the finals. Del Potro will face Croatian Marin Cilic in his semifinal match up, which promises to be an enticing affair. Marin Cilic also had a difficult passage into the semis, as he got past M. Fucsovics in three tight sets. Cilic dropped the second set, after battling through a hard fought first set. The third set went to a tiebreak and Cilic held his nerve to prevail in the tiebreak.
Federer will face off against the Belgian David Goffin in his semis. Goffin has already qualified for to ATP finals, and looks in fine form. He dispatched the American Jack Sock in straight sets (7-6, 6-3). Goffin saved two set points in the tiebreak to make it a close contest. In the second set, he was a break down. But he recovered to win four straight games.
The stage is set for the semis, and the players will know that there is much more at stake here than a final of the Basel open. Del Potro will need to win the title in Basel to secure his spot in the ATP finals. Federer will have to win the title if he targets to close in the gap between his friend and foe Rafael Nadal.