ATP Basel: Roger Federer destroys Radu Albot to march into quarters


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ATP Basel: Roger Federer destroys Radu Albot to march into quarters

World no. 3 and the nine-time Basel champion Roger Federer is through to the last eight in the hometown after a dominant 6-0, 6-3 victory over Radu Albot in 62 minutes. The Moldovan played well against Roger in Miami but stood no chance today, winning only ten points on the return and wasting two break chances while he was already 3-0 down in the opener.

On the other hand, Federer had the upper hand from start to finish, moving around the court like the 25-year-old player and producing some stunning shots to give the crowd something to cheer about. The opening set lasted for just over 20 minutes and Roger was the only player on the court, facing two break points and taking all six games for a bagel.

Albot wasted two game points in the first game and lost serve after a backhand error, allowing Federer to open up a 3-0 advantage with a forehand winner in game three. The Swiss had to repel those two break chances in the next game, delivering another break with a deep return at 4-0 to extend the advantage and closing the opener with a hold at love after a service winner, hoping for more of the same in set number two.

Roger converted the fourth break chance at the beginning of the second set, picking up an incredible volley in game two to extend the advantage with a forehand winner two games later for a 3-1 lead, moving closer and closer to the finish line.

Albot erased a break point in the fifth game to stay within one break deficit before Federer sealed the deal with a break at 5-3 to race into the quarter-final, the 13th in a row in the hometown, setting the clash against the compatriot and friend Stan Wawrinka.