Forgetting defeat at the Australian Open and Davis Cup, Roger Federer continued to show his desire to compete when reaching the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open tournament. However, his victory did not take much effort when opponent Mikhail Youzhny injured his leg and announced his withdrawal a day before the match. Second seed Tomas Berdych also won the same when Marcos Baghdatis also withdrew early after playing 19 minutes because of a left leg injury. Meeting Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals, Berdych once again excellently won 2-0 with the scores: 6-4, 6-3. Andreas Seppi had previously shown impressive form when he eliminated German player Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2 sets 6-4, 6-2.
|Azarenka ended the match very easily- Getty Images|
In another quarter-final between Juan Martin Del Potro and Viktor Troicki, the victory belonged to the Argentine tennis player easily after 2 sets with the scores 6-0, 6-1. He overcame fatigue from the previous rather difficult victory with Slovak Karol Beck after 2 hours of playing with the scores 6-4 and 7-5.
Elsewhere, at the Qatar Open in Doha, there were two semi-finalists: Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur and defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. While Stosur overcame Monica Niculescu in the quarterfinals 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, Azarenka finished the match very easily in just two sets with the scores 6-0, 6- 4.
Stosur got off to an impressive start, leading 5-0 in the first set against the world’s 31st ranked Romanian. The US Open champion still proves his strength in fitness and dangerous backhands. But in the following set, Niculescu regained the balance when leading 4-1, thereby equalizing 1-1 with a score of 6-3. With the bravery and class of a Grand Slam champion, Stosur quickly gained the initiative in the decisive set when he won the break point quite early.
However, earlier in the second round, a series of seeds joined hands to say goodbye, especially former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She is followed by sixth seed Zvonareva, former French Open champion Schiavone, Peng Shuai, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Goerges.