IPTL: Federer guides UAE Royals to hard-fought victory

  • PTI, Singapore
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 21:57 IST
Switzerland's Roger Federer of Obi UAE Royals hits a return against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka of OUE Singapore Slammers during their men's singles match at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). (AFP Photo)

Japan Warriors had it easy against Philippine Marvericks on Friday as they raced to a 29-15 victory but it was a tough day out for UAE Royals, who had to fight hard to defeat hosts Singapore Slammers 27-23 in their IPTL match, thanks to Roger Federer’s heroics in the deciding men’s singles in Singapore.

In the first encounter of the day, Warriors put up a splendid show as Marat Safin brought alive memories of his legendary past by winning the legends singles 6-3 against James Blake.

Japanese Kurumi Nara was the cynosure of all eyes as she handed a crushing 6-1 defeat to Jarmila Gajdosova.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Leander Paes then came out and thrashed Gajdosova and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2.

In the men’s doubles, Roger-Vasselin and Treat Huey stepped it up for the Mavericks by edging out Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Paes 6-5. Later in the men’s singles, Herbert took the set away 6-3 for the Warriors against big-serving Ivo Karlovic.

The second contest of the day produced interesing battle between the hosts and Roger Federer-led UAE Royals.

The Swiss great won the deciding men’s singles 6-4 against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. UAE had a narrow 2-point lead when the last match of the day began and Federer did not let his team down even as Wawrinka put up a great fight.

Before that, Goran Ivanisevic faced stiff resistance from home team’s Carlos Moya before prevailing 6-4.

Kristina Mladenovic won the women’s singles against Karolina Pliskova via shootout to give Royals 3-point lead. That was evened out by mixed doubles pair of Dustin Brown and Pliskova when they beat Federer and Madenovic. The scores were now 15-15.

Federer and Daniel Nestor again handed Royals a two point lead when they beat Wawrinka and Marcelo Melo 6-4. It all boiled down to men’s singles and Royals had last laugh with Federer winning the crucial tie.

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