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  • Federer faces Seppi, Monfils takes on Troicki

    1/4/12 11:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer faces Seppi, Monfils takes on Troicki Roger Federer and Gael Monfils will bid for spots in the Doha semifinals on Thursday. They are set for respective encounters with Andreas Seppi and Viktor Troicki.

    (8) Andreas Seppi vs. (2) Roger Federer

    Federer will look to continue his head-to-head dominance of Seppi when they face each other in quarterfinal action at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Thursday. All seven of their previous encounters have gone Federer's way, including four times on hard courts. The Swiss has won all 15 sets against Seppi and only three (and just one of the last 13) have been decided by tiebreakers. They most recently squared off at the 2010 Shanghai Masters, where Federer rolled 6-3, 6-4.

    Both players are off to stellar starts in 2012. A quarterfinal showing at a strong 250-point event is already a good showing for Seppi, who has taken out Lukasz Kubot and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets. Federer, who ended 2011 on a 17-match winning streak, has eased past Nikolay Davydenko and Grega Zemlja. The eighth-seeded Italian is a consistent baseliner who will make his opponent work hard, but count on Federer cruising in straights.

    (4) Gael Monfils vs. (5) Viktor Troicki

    Monfils and Troicki will be going head-to-head for just the second time in their careers when they clash on Thursday. If this encounter is anywhere close to as good as their previous one, the Doha fans will not be disappointed. In the third round of last summer's Montreal Masters, Monfils outlasted Troicki 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(5).

    The 16th-ranked Frenchman endured a similar test on Wednesday, as he battled past Benjamin Becker 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 27 minutes. That was preceded by a more routine 7-5, 6-3 victory over Rui Machado. Troicki has earned straight-set wins this week over Lukas Rosol and Matthias Bachinger. The fifth-seeded Serb is trying to build on a stellar 2011 campaign in which he compiled a 40-26 record. This could go either way, but Monfils in three sets is the pick.

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Comments

This is as good as a W/O for Federer.

nadline , 1/5/12 9:03 AM


Go Roger!!!

Make it 20 please.

bleck , 1/5/12 9:46 AM


bleck, don't panic, calm down. This one is already in the bag in straight sets. I think Seppi has already sent his luggage to the airport and has booked online to Melbourne.

nadline , 1/5/12 3:17 PM


never in doubt. Even when down 5-1.

RickyDimon , 1/5/12 4:15 PM


Seppi might have to cancel his booking and get his luggage back, he takes the 2ns set 75.

nadline , 1/5/12 4:22 PM


Nope, Seppi will be better advised not to make any changes....as he will see vintage Federer in the 3rd set

atul1985 , 1/5/12 4:24 PM


Seppi won't win, I think he knows that himself.

nadline , 1/5/12 4:38 PM


Came through in the end. And that's what really matters.
Tsonga again is waiting.
I just hope Roger doesn't get him in the AO. Although I'm expecting with high probability that nadal gets ferrer in his quarter and Roger Tsonga.

Go Roger. Defeat Tsonga yet again. You've beaten him the last 4 times you played, you know you can do it.

Make it 21!!!

bleck , 1/5/12 6:04 PM


bleck: How did Roger play? Scoreline looked tght

What worked for Roger and what didnt? Second set lapse again?

sanju , 1/5/12 7:15 PM


sanju, you don't really want to know how Roger played. They both played badly because for most part Roger was beating himself shanking the fhs and Seppi benefitted from that. Seppi did play a few winners but on the whole I think it was a very poor show from the two of them, if I'm honest.

nadline , 1/5/12 7:40 PM


sanju, Sorry but can't answer. Was at work and so wasn't able to watch, only followed the score.

It's definitely strange that Roger went 3 sets against Seppi.
Hope he plays better tomorrow against Tsonga.

bleck , 1/5/12 9:20 PM


According to Roger's biographer, he's got a bad back sustained during his last match and nearly didn't show up for the match against Seppi. That explains why he played so badly against Seppi. Seppi missed a trick there, he could have had his first win.

nadline , 1/5/12 10:16 PM



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