Roger Federer ‘answers’ all Radu Albot’s ‘questions’, eyes Stan Wawrinka clash
Roger Federer produced a clinical display to brush aside Radu Albot and secure his place in the quarter final of the Swiss Indoors Basel.
The top seed, looking to win the tournament for a 10th time, won the first eight games of the match as he eased past Albot with a 6-0, 6-3 victory in just 62 minutes.
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“I really struggled against him in Miami and he definitely got my attention there. I was basically a point away from losing,” Federer, who was taken to three sets by the Romanian earlier this year, said. “I think I learned a lot from that match.”
He added: “I really respect Radu. He tries everything to win in a really tough and great and fair way. I’m very happy with the way I played. I had an answer for everything he threw at me today and that’s great.”
Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam is either seventh seed Stan Wawrinka or American Frances Tiafoe.
The duo came through their opening-round matches on Wednesday with Wawrinka beating Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay 6-3, 6-4 while Tiafoe got the better of British No 1 Dan Evans, winning 6-4, 6-2.
“I think the fans would love [a match against Stan] because he’s struggled at this tournament for some reason, but it’s great to see him back healthy,” Federer said of a potential clash against Wawrinka.
“We’ve always had some tough matches, even on hard courts. Hopefully this match happens for the fans.”
Meanwhile, Marin Cilic’s struggles continued as the former Australian Open runner-up lost 6-4, 6-2 against sixth seed David Goffin while Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Taylor Fritz.
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