Press Esc to close
Wednesday 20 September 2017
News updated at 12:05 AM IST

Benneteau packs off erratic Federer

ROTTERDAM, Feb 17, 2013, Reuters 23:40 IST

Defending champion Roger Federer suffered a shock 6-3, 7-5 defeat by Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who has yet to lift a tour title during his 13-year career, in the World Indoor Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

The top seed was broken three times in the opening set. Benneteau, 31, broke again early in the second set before the world number two, backed by a capacity crowd of 10,500, broke back.


Federer had chances to break again in the 11th game but world number 39 Benneteau managed to hold him off before clinching victory on his first match point as a backhand pass from the Swiss went out. Benneteau next meets fellow countryman Gilles Simon who put out Martin Klizan when the Slovakian retired through injury while trailing 6-7, 6-3, 3-0. Juan Martin Del Potro swept aside Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4 and will play Grigor Dimitrov in the last four after the Bulgarian came from behind to defeat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in a thriller.

Oldie Williams on top

Serena Williams showed tennis was not just the domain of teenagers as she climbed back to the top of the world rankings on Friday, becoming the oldest female to hold the coveted position at the age of 31.

The American is world number one for the sixth time in her storied career after finishing off former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Williams will meet Russian Maria Sharapova in the semis. The Russian brushed aside Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who saw off Italian Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2, will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. Radwanska beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5.

Results (Brazil Open, Quarterfinals, prefix denotes seedings): 1-Rafael Nadal (Esp) bt Carlos Berlocq (Arg) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; David Nalbandian (Arg) bt 2-Nicolas Almagro (Esp) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3); Martin Alund (Arg) bt Filippo Volandri (Ita) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Simone Bolelli (Ita) bt A Montanes (Esp) 6-4, 6-4.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.