Roger Federer begins bid for No 1 spot with easy win

Roger Federer begins bid for No 1 spot with easy win

The Swiss - who is chasing the world No. 1 spot this week - has beaten the German in all 12 of their previous meetings and is widely expected to move beyond the 34-year-old once more on Thursday evening.

With two more victories, Federer would become the oldest man by three years to hold the top position in the rankings.

The Bulgarian proved too strong for Japan's world No 41 in a match which lasted one hour and 46 minutes and he will next meet Filip Krajinovic.

Federer was on his game from the beginning and did not let up, giving up only four points on his serve in the first set while breaking his overmatched opponent four times.

But Courier does not think the 36-year-old will be overly bothered if he fails to leapfrog Nadal and is simply amazed by the level the 20-time Grand Slam champion is managing to sustain during the twilight of his career.

'You know his patterns, it's nice to play someone like that, you know what to expect.

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The Bulgarian was joined as a victor by rival David Goffin, who lost to Dimitrov last November in the tile match of the ATP Finals in London.

Earlier, David Goffin eased into the quarterfinals by defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3.

Dimitrov won the opening set against Sugita but fell behind a break in the second before levelling for 5-all.

"It was my first match in three weeks, and you're always a little rusty", said Dimitrov who has been dealing with a sore shoulder in recent weeks. "I faced a quality player and I'm happy with how things went for me - I was pain-free in my shoulder". They have squared off only once since 2015, with the Swiss coasting 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the fourth round of the 2017 U.S. Open.

Also, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina downed Romania's Marius Copil 6-4, 6-4; Robin Haase dominated Netherlands countryman Thiemo de Bakker 6-2, 6-2; and French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert advanced after countryman Richard Gasquet retired during the first set of their match.

Pouille lost in 93 minutes, hitting a dozen aces in defeat but losing serve four times.

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