Federer, Nadal advance to Montreal quarters
Roger Federer won Thursday’s quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters and will now compete against Rafael Nadal at the finals.Montreal -- Roger Federer captured his 21st consecutive match win Thursday at the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters and will now play the finals game with Rafael Nadal.
Top-seeded Federer beat fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory.
Second seed Nadal, playing this week for the first time since 31 May after resting his injured knees, defeated German Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-2.
The two led the top eight seeds into the quarters of the USD 3 million (CHF 3.2 million) tournament -- the first time since the rankings began in 1973 that the top eight players in the world have all reached the quarters at the same ATP event.
"It's not just the top eight seeds, it's the top eight players in the world," Federer said. "It's a special occasion. It shows that the top guys are really consistent at the big events. It's nice it finally happened."
Wawrinka, who played alongside Federer to win the Beijing Olympic doubles gold medal, had beaten him in the third round at Monte Carlo in April.
Wawrinka saved four match points in the tiebreaker before missing a low volley at the net after one and three-quarters hours.
Federer will next play French citizen and Swiss resident Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the seventh seed who beat compatriot Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3.
"It was a tense match, you can never tell until it's over," said Federer, who has won his last three tournaments dating to May in Madrid. "Stan was serving really well. We played at a high level."
Federer beat Tsonga in their only meeting at Madrid, 2008.
After claiming the first set with a forehand to the corner, Federer had trouble winning the second set. A 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker was challenged as Wawrinka fought back at the end.
"It was a very equal match," Federer said. "Stan had chances and played very well. But I served well when I needed to. I'm pleased to go through."
Nadal had a double-fault on his first match point, but hit a great shot on his second try.
"I'm very happy because I am in the quarter-finals. It's more than I expected when I came here," said Nadal, who won when David Ferrer retired injured in the first set of their match on Wednesday. "So with one match and a half I have right now, I expect to be ready for tomorrow.
"The movement was a little bit better," he added. "I need more matches to get the rhythm."
Nadal will face Argentinean sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, who rallied to beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Third seed Andy Murray seized the world number two ranking from Nadal, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-3.
Murray needs to reach the semi-finals, and also hopes that defending champion Nadal does not progress into the final four.
AFP / Expatica