Swiss star Roger Federer who is chasing the 85th singles title of his career, had another hard-fought win similar to the previous round to reach the final in Istanbul. On the inaugural edition of the clay-court event, TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, the top seeded 33-year-old Swiss star had an unforeseen beginning, but battled his way back to topple Diego Schwartzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to advance into his 128th overall final.
Losing the first set 6-2 versus Schwartzman just under half an hour under the shocking eyes of the crowd packing up Garanti Koza Arena, Federer found his rhythm to level the match at one set all with the same scoreline. In a compelling decisive set, both players held serves until the eleventh game in which Roger took advantage of Schwartzman’s low percentage of second serves. After his quarterfinal against Daniel Gimeno-Traver which lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes, this time Federer again laboured his way through another long match of 1 hour and 50 minutes, ending the third set 7-5.
Federer is now 3-0 against Schwartzman who got knocked out from his maiden tour level semi-final appearance. Having reached the 200th clay-court-win milestone, Federer will be seeking his 203th win in tomorrow’s final against Pablo Cuevas who stunned Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4.
Facing Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his second test at TEB PNB Paribas Istanbul Open, Roger Federer managed to make it to the semi-finals despite the unexpected struggle against his Spanish rival. Cheering the hustling grandstands of Garanti Koza Arena in the second match of the day, top seeded Swiss could not keep his break advantage losing his serve in the fourth game. Both players managed to hold their service games from then on before Federer won the tie-break by 7/3.
World number 62 Gimeno-Traver was the sweeping side at the beginning of the second set. Despite earning a break in the fourth game to lead 3-1, Spaniard could not manage to keep that advantage. Roger was in every service game of Gimeno-Traver and finally broke him while trailing at 5-3. However, second set ended with Gimeno-Traver winning three of the last four points in the 7/5 tie-break and leveling the match.
Saving break points early in the decisive set, Federer made the real move in the eighth game. Breaking Gimeno-Traver’s serve to lead 5-3, Federer did not make any mistake in his last service game to end the match. Reaching for the victory against Gimeno-Traver with 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3 in 2 hours and 27 minutes, Federer hit 11 aces to set his semi-final encounter with Diego Schwartzman.
MAIDEN SEMI FOR SCHWARTZMAN
Today’s first match was between Diego Schwartzman and Santiago Giraldo. Playing his first ATP-level quarterfinal match, Schwartzman started the clash in a bad fashion but sealed a great comeback victory. No. 4 seed Giraldo took the first eight games and seemed poised to cruise to an easy win. From this point on, Schwartzman took the control of the match and won six games in a row.
Third set was hectic and it was the 22-year-old Argentine who held his nerves. Despite losing his serve twice, Schwartzman broke Giraldo’s serve four times and completed a phenomenal comeback to mark the scoreline at the end of 1 hour and 50 minutes, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.
After the announcement of Roger Federer, TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open is happy to welcome another star player: Grigor Dimitrov. Reaching a career-high of 8th spot in the singles rankings, Dimitrov has broken a lot of new ground for Bulgarian tennis. Dimitrov is the first-ever Bulgarian male tennis player to break into top 10 and to clinch a tour-level title alongside his trailblazing achievements in the Grand Slam era.
Having four singles victory, 23-year-old Bulgarian talent has shown his brightest success in the slam tournaments last year in Wimbledon, where he has advanced to the semi-final. A former junior world no.1, Dimitrov also has two slam trophies in juniors. Considered as a future number one despite his young age, Dimitrov is already seen as a star with his playing-style and off-court charisma.
27 Nisan – 3 Mayıs 2015 tarihlerinde bu yıl ilk kez gerçekleşecek olan TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Open’da mücadele edecek yıldız oyuncu açıklandı. Tanıtım toplantısında yapılan duyuruya göre 33 yaşındaki İsviçreli efsane raket Roger Federer, İstanbul’daki toprak kort turnuvasında Türk tenisseverlerin karşısına çıkacak.
Sahip olduğu 17 Grand Slam tekler zaferiyle bu alanda rekoru elinde bulunduran Federer, tam 302 haftayla klasman zirvesinde en çok kalmayı başaran tenisçi olarak da kayıtlara geçti. 23’ü Masters birinciliği olmak üzere tur düzeyinde 83 şampiyonluk elde eden Federer’in görkemli kariyerinden satırbaşları şu şekilde:
- 17 Grand Slam tekler şampiyonluğu (4 Avustralya Açık, 1 Fransa Açık, 7 Wimbledon, 5 Amerika Açık)
- 23’ü Masters, 6’sı ATP sezon sonu şampiyonası olmak üzere toplam 83 tekler zaferi
- Başka hiçbir ismin erişemediği 302 hafta boyunca klasman liderliği
- Teklerde 1000 galibiyet barajını geçen üç oyuncudan biri
- Slam turnuvalarında gelen rekor sayıdaki 281 tekler galibiyeti
- İsviçre ile birlikte 2014 Davis Kupası şampiyonluğu
- 2008 Pekin Olimpiyat Oyunları çiftlerde altın madalya