Roger Federer makes serene start to ABN-AMRO World Tennis Tournament defence

Last Updated: 14/02/13 9:35pm

  • Share:
Roger Federer: Thrashed Grega Zemlja to progress to round two

Roger Federer: Thrashed Grega Zemlja to progress to round two

Sky Bet

Roger Federer made a serene start to the defence of his ABN-AMRO World Tennis Tournament title in Rotterdam as he thrashed Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-1 to advance to the second round.

The world number two needed less than an hour to dispose of his Slovenian opponent and will next face home favourite Thiemo de Bakker.

A single break in the eighth game was sufficient for Federer to take the first set, while he broke twice in the second before closing out the contest with a love service game.

"I've been here and preparing for a few days, but matches are always different than training," stated Federer. "The ball flies a bit and you have to be prepared.

"I'll have to be careful against De Bakker. I played him in the Davis Cup (2012). The local players always get up for home matches. I'll have to approach him carefully and not underestimate him."

Easy for French duo

French duo Gilles Simon and Julien Benneteau both moved into the quarter-finals of event with little trouble.

Simon, seeded fifth, crushed Italian qualifier Matteo Viola 6-3 6-1 while Benneteau saw off Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-1 6-3.

There was also victory for compatriot Richard Gasquet, the fourth seed - and winner in Montpellier last week - winning his first round match against Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 6-1.

Greek Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis reached the second round when his in-form French opponent Benoit Paire retired with the score 6-0 6-7 4-0.

Meanwhile, Italian Andreas Seppi was the latest seed to fall, the sixth-ranked player going down 6-3 6-4 to Matthias Bachinger of Germany.

  • Share:


ATP Rotterdam Indoors

Juan Martin del Potro: The Argentine wins his 14th ATP tour title in Rotterdam

Del Potro wins in Rotterdam

Juan Martin del Potro dispatched Julien Benneteau 7-6 6-3 to claim the Rotterdam Open title on Sunday.

Roger Federer: Shock defeat for the defending champion

Federer crashes in Rotterdam

Roger Federer suffered a surprise 6-3 7-5 defeat to Julien Benneteau in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Indoors.

Juan Martin del Potro: lost in last year's final in Rotterdam to Roger Federer

Top two through in Rotterdam

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro are both through to the last eight of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Most Popular


Gallagher: Crolla so lucky

Gallagher: Crolla so lucky

Trainer Joe Gallagher told Ringside that Anthony Crolla could have been killed when he was hit with a concrete slab.

Merson's predictions

Merson's predictions

Paul predicts wins for Chelsea, Man City, West Ham and QPR and a pair of draws on Super Sunday.

On Goals on Sunday...

On Goals on Sunday...

We dissect the goals from Saturday's Premier League action, plus quiz Big Sam on life at Upton Park.