Roger Federer bounced back from tough match against Milos Raonic on Wednesday evening, by taking out Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in less than an hour at the Madrid Open on Thursday.
â€œI thought I did well today,â€ Federer said. â€œI played clean tennis even though I went for my shots. A few too many unforced errors but that’s still due to the ball flying here and tough to control. Maybe just wanting it a bit too much at times. Overall I think I played a smart match and served well when I had to and played well on the big points again which I am very happy about.â€
Federer was also asked about Rafael Nadalâ€™s upset loss to Fernando Verdasco earlier in the day,â€Well surprising. Verdasco is obviously a great player, a quality player. For years maybe he should have beaten Rafa in the past on a few occasions so this one came as a bit of a surprise. I think especially being down 5-2 in the third, maybe double break, I’m not even sure. So from then on you don’t expect a guy to come back particularly on clay but he did well. I didn’t see much of the match but I’m sure that Verdasco played some good tennis to come back into the match and that’s what you’ve got to do against Rafa. It’s a bit of a surprise. The tournament goes on, unfortunately without Rafa, but maybe gives an opportunity to some of the players around in the draw.â€
Federer will take on David Ferrer for a spot in the semis. Federer spoke about playing his quarterfinal opponent: â€œI’ve had a good head to head against him but I don’t think that means much against a quality player like him especially here in Spain on clay. I’ve played him here in the past in a tough three setter and I played him once in Hamburg; I think we had a tough three setter they are as well. The two times we have played against each other on clay and for that reason this is a tough task ahead of me but I feel like I’m playing pretty good the moment and I expect myself to play better each match so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.â€
Novak Djokovic also recovered from a challenging Wednesday match when he outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6, 6-2 on Thursday evening in Madrid.
Djokovic was 0 for 7 on break points in the first set against the Swiss and was forced into a tiebreak. The World No. 1 built a 5-2 lead in the second set by breaking Wawrinka twice. Djokovic could not serve out the match at 5-2 but regrouped in his next service game to clinch the match.
Djokovic will take on countryman Janko Tipsarevic in Fridayâ€™s quarterfinals.