The biggest upset of the tournament is here
Mischa Zverev caused the biggest, knocking the top seed, and the only Swiss left in the fixture, out. He defeated Stan Wawrinka in 3 sets, the match grew intense every passing moment. The German, Zverev tried real hard and broke Stan in the first set and put the first set in his bag, 6-2.
It was after the first set that, that Stan actually started playing. After losing the first set to his opponent, he gave an inch to inch competition to him. This resulted in the Swiss winning the second set, 7-5. This set had many deuces and many break points being reached and waived off.
In the third set, Zverev made it through easily, giving away only one game to his opponent. He broke the Swiss 6 times in the entire match and took the decider, 6-1 and walked his way into the semi-finals. He is next to face the Croat, Marin Cilic, who took over past Granollers in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Kei and Marin are yet to drop a set in Basel.
Kei Nishikori, won his first ever match against the Argentine, Juan Martin del Potro in 8 years since they first met. Their previous meeting was held at the Rio Olympics, 2 months ago and the second penultimate at the London Olympics 2012. Prior to London, it was at The Wimbledon, the same year.
In the first set, del Potro broke Kei in the beginning two games, was leading 4-0.
Kei, subsequently took his first game, del Potro was leading 4-1. Up to this point, maximum points were taken up till deuces, many were played. Kei took 2 consecutive games, breaking the Argentine. Now the score stood at 4-3. In the eighth game, del Potro was about to break Kei, was up an advantage too, but lost the game, and the set was levelled at 4-4. The subsequent service games were taken by the respective players. Kei again broke back, lead 6-5; winning his own service game, he sealed the set with an ace. This was the first winning set of his career against him.
In the second set, the service stood stable up to 4-4, with del Potro’s first service percentage being quite low. Kei broke back as the giant Argentine committed plenty of errors, which the Japanese took advantageously and won the match.
Gilles Muller defeated Fedrico Delbonis, ensuring that no Argentine could qualify into the semi-finals. The Argentine was 5-3 up in the first set as he broke Muller once in the service game; he himself got no service breaks. The set was taken to a tie-break, which was eventually won by Fedrico, 7-6(4).
In the second set, Muller broke back at 2-2, lead 3-2 and went on to take the set, sealed it at 6-4.
In the decider, Delbonis gave a cut throat competition to his opponent from Luxembourg. Delbonis broke Muller and was serving for the match at 5-3, it was then that Muller fought back and took 3 consecutive games, edged the match into a tie-break as 5-3 turned into a 5-6 and then to a 6-6 score. Muller won the decider 7-6(3), now leads the head-to-head 2-0. This advancement into the semi-final will up his rank, and give him highest career ranking.
The semi-final contenders are as follows:
Zverev vs (4)Cilic
(3)Nishikori vs Muller