Djokovic Challenged By Nishikori, Federer Faces Wawrinka In SFs Swiss Indoors Basel

Swiss Indoor Basel 2010

Playing inconclusive at first, Djokovic finally got up the next two sets and managed to get a ticket in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel 2011. Current top-ranked tennis player, managed to stop Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. was forced to work for his 67th match win of the season on Friday when he extended his record to 5-0 against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Thus, he extended his record of victories over world number 57 from Cyprus to 5-0.

“A win is a win,” said Djokovic. “It was a close match. I’ve got to give credit to him because he played really well. He served throughout the whole match really well. I managed to get a couple of crucial breaks towards the end of the second and start of the third set and I think that decided the match.
“I know that things will get better for me; I just have to stay patient and work hard. These matches actually give me more confidence and energy, because I don’t play well and still manage to win.”

In the semifinals Djokovic has been awaited by the Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, who in the last 6 weeks managed to put himself in the semifinal series at three ATP World Tour tournament. He is also the first Japanese player to enter into the semifinal Swiss Indoors Basel.
Nishikori advanced to the semifinals after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 5-7 and 6-4.
“Djokovic is playing unbelievable this year. He doesn’t have many weaknesses, so I will need to play a bit more aggressive than usual and play my best tennis to beat him.”

Meanwhile, defending champion Roger Federer also moved into the semifinals and will face compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

Four-time champion Roger Federer notched his 41st win at the Swiss Indoors Basel on Friday as he dismissed long-time rival Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-2. Defeat for Roddick ended the American’s outside chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

“We’ve played on so many occasions that sometimes you can’t play your best, and that’s what happened to Andy today,” said Federer, who improved to a 21-2 career lead over Roddick. “He didn’t have a very good serving day and then once I get a chance to get into all his service games, it’s always going to be difficult for him to find a way.”

In the semi-finals he goes on to face countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, who also impressed in a 6-2, 6-2 win over German Florian Mayer. World No. 19 Wawrinka broke serve four times from nine opportunities and surrendered just nine points on serve as he claimed his 35th win of the season. He will look to overturn a 1-9 record against Federer, with his only victory in their series coming on clay at the 2009 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Federer has won all three of their meetings this season in straight sets.

“I was expecting a very tough match against Florian, he’s a very good player, but I think today I played my best match of the week,” said Wawrinka. “I played really good, really aggressive; everything was good. To reach the semi-final here in Basel is very important for me, especially at the end of the season.”

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