(February 15, 2013) Frenchman Julien Benneteau upset No. 1 seed Roger Federer 6-3, 7-5 to move into the Rotterdam semifinals. The sluggish Swiss struggled with his serve and had no answer for the Frenchman’s serve.
“It is one of the biggest wins, for sure,” said the No. 39 player in the world. “To play against Roger, Friday night, full house, it’s a dream, and I played like in a dream.”
Benneteau came close to defeating Federer at Wimbledon last summer, up two sets to none, but the Swiss recovered to win.
“I started bad, but fortunately got back into the game,” Federer said. “But when you get broken as much as happened to me, you won’t get the job done.”
Benneteau will face fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon for a spot in the final.
RESULTS – FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY, 2013
Singles – Quarter-finals
J Benneteau (FRA) d  R Federer (SUI) 63 75
 J Del Potro (ARG) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 64
 G Simon (FRA) d M Klizan (SVK) 67(6) 63 30 ret. (cramping)
G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 67(4) 76(0) 63
Doubles – Quarter-finals
 M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 64
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2013
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs  J Del Potro (ARG)
 M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs  R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 7:30 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs  G Simon (FRA)
 M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED)