As in 2018, Roger Federer missed his entry in the running in the Masters. Twelve months after being beaten by Kei Nishikori, the Basel was this time shown very imprecise against Dominic Thiem (5-7 5-7). It will be difficult for him to get his ticket for the last four.
Breaked from the outset, Roger Federer, set on AC, had a burst of pride returning to 2-2 before offering his opponent a new break on a plateau at 5-5. Thiem did not ask for the first round.
This loss of the initial set has not really awakened the world No. 3. He struggled to find his rhythm, still with few legs and often imprecise in his initiatives, Federer certainly had a break opportunity to 1-2, but his "body language" betrayed his frustration. And it was again at 5-5 that he conceded his throw in. Although nervous at the conclusion (two break points against him), Thiem ended up folding the case on his second opportunity.
To reach the final four, Roger Federer will have to beat Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday, and especially Novak Djokovic on Thursday. Hard.