Roger Federer defeated David Goffin in a rematch of the 2014 final, this time needing three sets to overcome the Belgian’s spirited efforts Friday night in Basel. The 34-year-old Swiss prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-1, securing his place in Saturday’s semifinals against young American, Jack Sock. After comfortably taking the opening set, the second set saw three consecutive breaks, leading to Goffin’s commanding 5-2 lead. Federer turned the corner from his 14 error set and cruised to take the final set, needing 1 hour 37 minutes to advance.
After the match, the Swiss spoke to the press about Goffin’s game. “I know David quite well, even though we’ve only played three times now,” said Federer. “He came to Dubai last year and we practiced together. I knew what he could do, so I wasn’t surprised in the match today when he was returning easily, taking the ball on the rise and distributing it left and right with the forehand. We found great rhythm in the second set and in the third it was up to me.”
Federer takes on Jack Sock in the second of Saturday’s semifinals, following Rafael Nadal taking on Richard Gasquet.