Roger Federer and Nicholas Mahut went to the very end against Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov Thursday afternoon in Brisbane, putting on a doubles delight for the sold out crowd at Pat Rafter Arena. Federer and Mahut took the first lead, winning the first set in a tiebreaker, yet for the remainder of the match, it never felt as if either team was in front. The close contest was as tight as the final scoreline. With the finish line within sight, Chardy and Dimitrov closed the door, evening the match by taking the second set in another tiebreaker.
The match would be played out with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of the third set, and that too, with some turns. Dimitrov’s overhead would be overruled on match point, but another smash evened the match at 9-all, changing ends for a third time. Two points later, it was Federer and Mahut victorious, 7-6 (3) 6-7 (5) 11-9.
Moving into the semifinals of the 2014 Brisbane International, Federer and Mahut will take on #4 seeds Juan Cabal and Robert Farah.
Roger Federer Freak Smash (via Brisbane International YouTube Channel).
The Swiss maestro was been busy this off season, both on court with training and off court with business matters. Catch up on the latest news and updates.
The Swiss star is making his first appearance at the Brisbane International. See the full draw here. Following that and leading into the Australian Open, Federer will take part in an exhibition match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, “A Night with Roger Federer and Friends,” to be held at Rod Laver Arena on January 8.
In earlier news, the Swiss star and agent Tony Godsick formally created their new agency, Team8.