A sweaty tropical climate filled the sold-out St. Jakobshalle on Friday, the quarter final Day of the Long Knives. Ask Marin Čilić about it. The title holder needed three punishing hours to overcome the Hungarian qualifier Márton Fucsovics (ATP 100). Consequently, the entire timetable for the following matches was torn up. And to make matters worse, the general public’s darling Roger Federer (photo) set off in the slow lane, at least at the start. First set lost as a consequence of 16 unforced errors. Federer’s opponent, private Adrian Mannarino (ATP 28) from the French tennis strike force, held on valiantly with the typical advantages of a lefthander. But Federer upped his game. «From the second set onwards I was moving better, the energy came back into my game.» The Frenchman for his part will have time after his exit in Basel to solve his issues with material. The man turned up in Basel with just two rackets. His model «Aero Pro Drive 2015» is no longer in production. The player therefore posted a call on Twitter and promptly received five of his trusted tools from the general public. Mannarino’s contract with Babolat has expired. As he tightens his Luxilon strings to just 17.5 kg weight, the risk of strings snapping is somewhat lessened. Nonetheless, monsieur could well do with a few new rackets for 2018.