Wawrinka beats Tiafoe, sets up Basel QF against Federer

Wawrinka beats Tiafoe, sets up Basel QF against Federer

Wawrinka, the seventh seed, defeated the United States' Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Thursday, but he emerged from the match with renewed pain in his ailing back.

In the pair's only previous meeting in Basel, Federer won 7-6, 6-2 in the 2011 semi-finals. "I hope Stan goes through, I always enjoy playing him", added Federer, who holds a 23-3 edge in the series against his close friend.

"He was giving me a hard time in the first set, it was not easy to overcome, we had a high-quality match", said Tsitsipas, the world number seven.

'I had some trouble with my back in the last game, ' said Wawrinka.

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.

Wawrinka and Tiafoe played out a gruelling match which lasted over two and a half hours fetched the Swiss his fifth Basel quarter-final berth.

Six of the eight spots for the ATP Finals have already been secured. "I moved and served well, I was really focussed".

But he refused to speculate on any London chances: "I'm super-far away, so it's not at all in my mind". He also lost to Andy Murray in a championship clash at last week's Antwerp Open.

Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to his 13th quarterfinal of the season by beating Ricardas Berankis 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 6-4.

Goffin entered this week at provisional 10th in the race and is duelling with Italy's Matteo Berrettini, who now stands eighth, and ninth-placed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Filip Krajinovic will next take on fifth seed Fabio Fognini after going past Serb compatriot Laslo Djere, 6-1, 6-4.

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