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Fabulous Federer cruises into Basel quarter-finals

Benoit Paire did not have a single break point against the world number two, who eased into the last eight in Basel.

NEWS
27 Oct 2017, 00:34 IST
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World number two Roger Federer

Roger Federer stayed in the hunt for an eighth Swiss Indoors Basel title in his hometown with an emphatic straight-sets victory over Benoit Paire on Thursday.

The top seed, eyeing a seventh title of the year after his Shanghai Masters triumph, put on another show for his adoring fans to ease into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-3 win.

Federer was a cut above the unseeded Paire, who showed flashes of his ability and made a fist of it in the second set, but endured a frustrating evening against the world number two.

The 19-time grand slam champion toyed with the Frenchman and did not face a solitary break point in a one-sided match which he won in just 57 minutes, setting up a meeting with Denis Shapovalov or Adrian Mannarino in the last eight.

A dominant Federer broke to love in the second game of the match to set the tone and again to lead 5-1, going on to secure another two breaks in the second set with an array of elegant groundstrokes in another routine win.

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Juan Martin del Potro enhanced his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals by ousting qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-4 6-4.

The fourth seed from Argentina was back in 47th in the Race to London just two months ago, but can move up to eighth spot with a tournament win in Basel following Pablo Carreno Busta's loss to Diego Schwartzman in the Vienna Open.

Defending champion Marin Cilic battled his way through in Basel with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over fellow Croatian Borna Coric.

Cilic will now take on Marton Fucsovics, who won the first three games of his second-round match before Leonardo Mayer retired due to illness.

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