Aisam Beats Federer in Doubles

Muhammad Umar JawedCorrespondent INovember 4, 2009

Pakistan tennis ace Aisam-ul-haq,who with his Swiss doubles partner James Cerritani is Participating in the doubles tournament of the $1million Davidoff swiss indoor tournament in Basel,Switzerland.

This was the first time Aisam and Federer were facing each other on the men’s circuit, with their only previous meeting on the juniors’ circuit a decade ago. Federer who is ranked no.1 in singles, was partnered by Marco Chiudinelli lost in straight sets,as Aisam and his swiss partner cruised in the second round.

Qureshi was at his serve-and-volleying best in the round-of-32 match as he and Swiss Cerritani cruised to victory against the world number one Federer and Chidudinelli in two sets, 6-4, 6-3 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the $1 million ATP tournament.

Playing in the world number one’s hometown, the Pakistani player and his partner were in control of the match from the first game and although Federer and his old friend Chiudinelli produced moments of brilliance, the grit and powerful serve-and-volley game of Qureshi and Cerritani proved too much in the end.

The Pak-Swiss pair will now play tournament first seeds Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) in the round of 16.