Aisam-Cerritani Beat Federer-Chidudinelli

Posted on November 4, 2009
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Adil Najam

Aisamul Haq Qureshi – Pakistan’s most prominent tennis star about whom we have written at ATP here and here – and his doubles partner James Cerritani scored a high profile upset by beating World Number One Roger Federer and his partner Marco Chiudinelliini straight sets at the Basel Open today. That this happened in Federer’s hometown makes this even more poignant for Aisam and partner.

Having rooted for Aisamul Haq Qureshi before (here and here), let us take this oportunity to root for him again. Well done, Aisam.

Here are details, from Dawn:

Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his doubles partner James Cerritani brushed aside tennis great and world number one, Roger Federer and his Swiss compatriot Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets at the Basel Open on Tuesday.

Qureshi was at his serve-and-volleying best in the round-of-32 match as he and Cerritani cruised to victory against Federer and Chidudinelli 6-4, 6-3 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the $2.6 million ATP tournament.

Playing in Federer’s hometown, Qureshi and his partner were in control of the match from the first game and although Federer and Chiudinelli produced moments of brilliance, the grit and powerful serve-and-volley game of Qureshi and Cerritani saw them through to the end.

The Pak-Americanpair will now play tournament first-seeds Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) in the quarter-finals.

19 responses to “Aisam-Cerritani Beat Federer-Chidudinelli”

  1. yaseen ch says:

    yes,Aisam has again proved himself ,if our government had supported him or even now support him he certainly have capabilities to be in Top 10.

  2. anonymous says:

    Congrats and all the best to him. Keep up the great work, Aisam. I agree with others about media not giving this news enough attention. That is why i have stopped reading Pakistani newspapers and watching Pakistani news channels.

  3. shakeel says:

    Congratulations to him.

    He has made Pakistan proud!

    All the best for the future.

    As far as Pak media is concerned, they are pathetic. They love to sell only negative news, when the country (even in this hard times) provides enough positives!

  4. Eidee Man says:

    Excellent. There is a lot of interest in tennis in Pakistan, and it’s great to see promising talent on the international stage.

  5. Eraj Danish says:

    It is interesting to see how this kind of news has not been given the importance that it deserves on television. Our youngster Pakistani achieves something excellent but what we see on media is NRO entire day and night. I would request media from the bottom of my heart to take this opportunity and show some thing positive to the nation so that we all can start looking at the better side of life.

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