Back Injury Forces Stan Wawrinka Out Of Roger Federer Clash In Basel


At the very end of the his 3-set win over Frances Tiafoe, Stan Wawrinka injured his back and had to withdraw from his much-anticipated quarterfinal against friend against countryman Roger Federer in Basel. Federer's Swiss compatriot Wawrinka fired 10 aces and 30 winners to overwhelm fellow veteran Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-4 to make it into the second round, keeping alive his outside chances of making the ATP Finals. "I started the match on a bad note, but that was the only bad thing about my game today".

The struggle, which lasted for two and a half hours and was decided by an 11-minute concluding game, put the three-time Grand Slam champion into his fifth quarter-final at the Swiss tournament.

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In the deciding set, Opelka used his one breakpoint of the match to force the only service break in any of the five sets he has played in Basel this week.

The 34-year-old seventh seed, who lost to Andy Murray in last week's European Open final, won on his fourth match point in two hours 32 minutes in Basel. "I'm really happy to get through in two sets".

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Three-time major victor Wawrinka said his three-set final loss to Murray in Antwerp on Sunday proved useful in Basel.

Goffin stands provisional tenth within the race to the eight-man season wrap-up with a ultimate points-earning likelihood subsequent week in Paris.

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The Greek third seed will next face Serb Filip Krajinovic who upset fifth seed Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4. Australian Alex De Minaur defeated Taylor Fritz of the USA 6-3, 6-3 and Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen was put out by Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-4.