Fri, Feb 17, 2012 - Page 18 News List

Federer cruises into Rotterdam quarters


Roger Federer picked up where he left off seven years ago at the Rotterdam Open, as the 2005 champion won 13 of the final 14 points in a 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Nicolas Mahut on Wednesday.

The world No. 3 and top seed then got an unexpected bonus as his scheduled second round opponent, Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, withdrew with a foot problem sending the Swiss straight into the quarter-finals today and a date with Jarkko Nieminen.

The other two leading seeds joined Federer in advancing.

Tomas Berdych overpowered his Czech Davis Cup teammate Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-2 to start his campaign with a win.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro made a winning debut as he played the event for the first time and put out 2008 champion Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4.

In other first round results, Marcos Baghdatis beat German Matthias Bachinger 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, while Russian Alex Bogomolov advanced as Sergiy Stakhovsky quit injured trailing 6-3, 0-1.

Slovak Karol Beck beat Germany’s Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, while Finn Nieminen was first into the quarters with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7/2) defeat of Pole Lukasz Kubot.



The SAP Open lost its top seed Gael Monfils to injury on Wednesday and almost its No. 2 as well before Andy Roddick struggled past American compatriot Dennis Kudla 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the second round.

Ryan Harrison advanced to the second round by upsetting eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The 19-year-old American rallied past Rochus from 3-1 down in the third set to win the final five games.



Sixth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain lost to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 in the first round of the Brazil Open on Wednesday.

In the late match, fourth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci defeated countryman Ricardo Mello 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round.

Earlier on Wednesday, eighth-seeded Albert Ramos of Spain ousted Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-4, capitalizing on his two break opportunities in the second set to beat the Colombian for the first time in three matches.

David Nalbandian of Argentina defeated Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

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