CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD 2013
Brands Stuns Federer; Granollers To Face Haase
by ATP Staff|
World No. 55 Brands claimed the fourth Top 10 win of his career (4-9 record) with a solid serving display. The German, who tested Nadal in the Roland Garros first round in May, hit 11 aces and saved the five break points he faced to avenge the defeat he had suffered at Federer’s hands in the Hamburg first round last week.
"For sure the altitude has helped me," Brands said. "I served well and put pressure on him from the very beginning. It helped that I already played him in Hamburg last week. Of course you are very impressed when you face him on the court for the first time. It’s completely different from what you see when you watch him on TV once you see him on the other side of the court."
The 31-year-old Federer was playing his first match in Gstaad since lifting the trophy in 2004 (d. Andreev). "I got a few chances but finally couldn’t take advantage of them," said the Swiss, who went 0 for 5 on break points chances. "I wasn’t consistent enough in the end. He was serving well and I couldn’t do enough with my return."
After a surprise second-round defeat at Wimbledon last month, Federer took the decision to play with a larger 98 square-inch racquet frame and debuted the racquet in Hamburg. He reached the semi-finals, where he was beaten by World No. 114 Federico Delbonis.
He shared Thursday that he's recently been struggling with back issues, but did not regret his decision to play in Gstaad.
"I decided after today’s warm-up whether I would play or not," he said. "I’m happy that I was able to play because I’ve had problems for some time now, already in Hamburg. But it didn’t get worse during today’s match. I’m positive and I felt that it was getting better during the last few days.
"I’m still happy that I came to Gstaad this week. It was great being back here and the crowd gave me a fantastic welcome."
World No. 57 Robin Haase will face Marcel Granollers in the quarter-finals after upsetting third seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-2. The Dutchman is bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and will look to overturn a 0-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Granollers.
The 25-year-old Haase broke serve four times and converted 79 per cent of his first service points to beat Tipsarevic in 61 minutes. The Serb, who won his fourth ATP World Tour title at the start of the year in Chennai (d. Bautista Agut), suffered his 15th defeat of the season (14-15 record).
Former champion Granollers will contest his third quarter-final of the season after defeating Federico Delbonis 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday. Granollers broke serve five times as he defeated Delbonis in one hour and 36 minutes.
The left-handed Delbonis broke through last week in Hamburg, and held three match points in his first ATP World Tour final (l. to Fognini). He opened his Gstaad campaign with victory over defending champion Thomaz Bellucci.
Second Seeds Beaten In Doubles QFs
After upsetting top seeds Daniele Bracciali and Filip Polasek in the first round, Facundo Bagnis and Jamie Delgado reached the doubles semi-finals by with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Lucas Arnold Ker and Juan Monaco. They will face third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers.