Roger Federer to Face Andy Roddick in ATP Basel Quarters: Novak Djokovic Ahead?

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Roger Federer to Face Andy Roddick in ATP Basel Quarters: Novak Djokovic Ahead?
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Andy Roddick has enjoyed a distinguished career as the American player has spent time as the world number one, he has won a Grand Slam, and he has made the final of a Grand Slam on four other occasions.

However, Roddick will not be mentioned on the shortlist of all-time greats in men's tennis at the end of his career and a big reason for that is Roger Federer, the player Roddick will face in the ATP Basel quarterfinals on Friday.

Federer and Roddick have met 22 times in official tour matches and while you might think the American would have at least a handful of wins over Federer, in actuality Roddick has only defeated the Swiss Maestro twice.

The last time Federer and Roddick met was one year ago at ATP Basel 2010 when the American suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss in the semifinals.

Roddick and Federer are scheduled to meet on Friday night in the late match scheduled for 8pm (local time in Basel).

Roddick has not had a significant season in 2011 by his standards and he enters the match against Federer as the world number 15. Since Roddick could not usually defeat Federer even when the American was ranked in the top 10 and playing better than he is now, few will be expecting an upset when these two meet on Friday.

Looking ahead, Federer looks very strong to make the Basel final this weekend as he can face no one more talented than Stanislas Wawrinka should the Swiss Maestro make the semifinals.

In the final there is a realistic chance that Federer will face Novak Djokovic as the world number one does not appear to have a serious threat remaining on his half of the draw.

While Federer has won ATP Basel four of the last five years, the one loss he has suffered in that time frame was at the hands of Djokovic, as the Serb won the 2009 ATP Basel event. 

Federer did avenge that loss in last year's final but the reigning king of the two hardcourt slams looks good to reign supreme at the 500 series event in Basel this weekend as both players prepare for the Paris Masters and the year-end World Championships.

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