BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Federer Sets Up del Potro Rematch
by ATP Staff|
Federer, the fifth seed, needed just over one hour to secure a 6-3, 6-4 victory over his German opponent at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday, serving eight aces and defending the three break points he faced during the third-round match.
"I'm happy with the way things went today from start to finish," said Federer. "I was able to play a consistent match, and I closed out nicely."
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The Swiss native has a 15-7 record at this event, winning the 2011 trophy (d. Tsonga) and reaching the semi-finals in 2010 (l. to Monfils). Federer carries a record of 11-5 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in 2013, reaching the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (l. to Nadal).
The 32-year-old Federer goes on to face del Potro in a rematch of the Swiss Indoors Basel final, which the Argentine won in three thrilling sets.
"I have an idea of my tactics, my game plan," said Federer about playing del Potro. "Now it's important to be able to actually do it on the court."
Federer leads 13-5 in their Fedex ATP Head2Head meetings, with the 17-time Grand Slam champion losing their previous three encounters. "It's an important match for me now," said Federer. "I need to take my opportunities."
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