ATP Basel 2016: Wawrinka, Delpotro & Nishikori into QFs

Stan Wawrinka and tie-breaks, the story continues…
The Swiss was all set to win the match, was serving for the match at 5-3 in the second, when his American opponent, Donald Young came back into the match. He stretched the second set to a tie-break as well, first being already played in a tie-break, 7-6(4). The second set tie-break rewarded Young, the set for which he had done some utter hard work when Stan was about to seal the match. The Swiss managed to serve 16 aces and only one double fault in the entire match. He survived a scare and prevented the head-to-head getting equalled. He now leads the head-to-head 3-1.

Juan Martin del Potro scored 7-5, 6-3 and emerged victorious over No. 5 seed David Goffin in the R16 as he took the revenge of his Shanghai 2015 loss of the R64 that happened early this month. The 2012 and 2013 Basel champion saved all four break points.

“I played well in the big moments. I broke his serve once in each set, and that was enough to win today,” said del Potro, who will next face Kei Nishikori. He leads the head-to-head against Nishikori, 4-0; and the Japanese and the Argentine giant, both are yet to drop a set.

“[Kei] is so fast and so aggressive with his backhand. My game has changed since my [wrist] injury but if I serve well, I have a chance to win.”

David Goffin, is in a contention with Marin Cilic in their quest to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Goffin was hoping to catch Tomas Berdych for the No. 9 position in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

Cilic faced a scare against Pablo Carreno Busta, but slithered easily through the second set of the match to win 6-0, 7-6(4) and is in the QF now. He is next to play Marcel Granollers, who knocked the 2 time Shanghai finalist, Jack Sock out, by 6-3, 6-1.

“I came out quite fast in the first set but I expected Pablo to find his rhythm,” Cilic said. “Everything was going in my favour in the first set. I wasn’t playing worse in the second, I just missed some opportunities and that gave him extra time to settle down. It was quite tight in the tie-break. It was a mental battle. I knew it was critical to finish the match in two sets and I was lucky to pull it out.”

The Croatian lost only one point on serve and dominated the first set. The Spaniard hung tough in the second, saving a match point when serving at 4-5 and racing to a 4/0 lead in the tie-break. Cilic took the next six points while playing some great ground strokes, that reach afar, thanks to his worthy height of 6’6″. He won the match 6-0, 7-6(4).

The Luxembourg guy, Gilles Muller took out Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the QF. He did not face a break point and served 15 aces throughout. Florian Mayer has been nominated for Comeback Player of the Year, as he was absent since the last two seasons due to injury.

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