By Chris Oddo/ Thursday, August 15, 2013
Roger Federer looked down in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, but the five-time Western and Southern Open champion clearly wasn't out.
Roger Federer was down but not out against Tommy Haas on Thursday in Cincinnati.
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Federer stormed back after trailing by a set and a break to defeat Tommy Haas, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, setting up a potential quarterfinal with Rafael Nadal if the Spaniard can get by Grigor Dimitrov in Thursday's night session.
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Federer was blitzed in the first set by a red-hot Haas, and in the second when he fell behind by a break again, it was looking like Federer would have to head in to New York to play the U.S. Open with nothing but doubt surrounding him.
But some nervy play by Haas opened the door for another classic Federer fightback. After stealing the second set, Federer went ahead 5-3 in the decider and served out the match for his 12th career victory against Haas in 15 career matches with the German.
“It reminded a little bit of the match we had in Paris against each other years back, when he was up two sets to love and a break and I ended up winning the tournament at Roland Garros,” Federer said. “But of course, this is different here. I'm just happy to be through to another match because it was very difficult for a long time there.”
Elsewhere in Cincinnati, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic thrashed David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0 in just over 50 minutes. Djokovic is bidding to become the only player in the history of the game to win all nine Masters 1000 titles this week. He has reached the Cincinnati final four times previously.
“It's a huge motivation for me this week,” Djokovic said. “Knowing that I have the opportunity to make history in the sport is something really special.”
Djokovic will face John Isner, who ripped 13 aces en route to a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic. In a battle of two of the tour's biggest servers, Isner out-aced the Canadian 13-4 and notched his second victory in two career matches against the World No. 10.
Elsewhere in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, Andy Murray eased past Julien Benneteau, 6-2, 6-2, Juan Martin del Potro eked by Feliciano Lopez, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and David Ferrer was upset by surging Dmitry Tursunov, 6-2, 6-4.