Federer fights back
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:45
The number one seed surprisingly lost the first set but he rallied to complete a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory in Ohio and maintain his 100% record against his Spanish opponent.
The Swiss enjoyed more success on his service points although the pair were closer matched than the scoreline suggests.
Number three seed Andy Murray eased through 6-4 6-1 against Radek Stepanek and will face Julien Benneteau who edged a hard-fought clash with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Garcia-Lopez, at 53 ranked two places above his opponent, took the first set 6-4 before his French rival hit back to take the second by the same score.
Benneteau then took the deciding tie-break to reach the last eight in a gruelling match lasting more than three hours.
The Frenchman had more success on his serve producing six aces to his rival’s four with Garcia-Lopez guilty of five double faults.