Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a show of strength to move into the fourth round of Wimbledon 2014.
Many may feel that he is past his prime but Roger Federer has a chance to make a solid mark once again in this year's Wimbledon.
The French - Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga - will face the top-seeded Polish pairing of Agnieszka Radwanska and Grzegorz Panfil in Saturday's final.
India will host the first Wimbledon tennis event outside the UK as 11-time-Tour winner Tim Henman will be in Delhi and Mumbai later this month to launch 'The Road to Wimbledon' with a series of coaching clinics.
Wimbledon champion and world number four Andy Murray went down 7-5, 6-3 to 10th-ranked Tsonga on the opening day of the three-day exhibition tournament.
Murray is the favourite to win the Sports Personality of the Year award, for which he has been shortlisted alongside Ben Ainslie, Ian Bell, Hannah Cockroft, Mo Farah, Chris Froome, Leigh Halfpenny, Tony McCoy, Christine Ohuruogu and Justin Rose.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was 'threatened' with an object which fans say was a mere tennis racquet. British police however is investigating the matter on suspicion that the object was a firearm.
The former Australian Open finalist wasted two match points before double faulting in the final set tie-break to gift world number 18 Kei Nishikori a place in the Paris Masters last-16.
Andy Murray received his Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal by Prince William. Murray also revealed that Prince William's wife, Kate, wrote a letter to him after Wimbledon.
Tsonga has returned to the Austrian Open for the first time since his debut appearance which resulted in a 2011 title. Though he might prefer to rest his knee, last week's Shanghai Masters semi-finalist knows that only a determined effort indoors at the Stadthalle will suffice.
Tsonga will test the fragile knee which kept him off the courts for nearly three months from Wimbledon until September as he competes in a demanding fourth event in the last five weeks.
The powerful Jo-Wilfred Tsonga came into the semi-final at the Qizhong Tennis Center with a miserable run of eight consecutive defeats against top seed Djokovic, but had not dropped a set all week.
Del Potro had 27 winners and only eight unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro. Tsonga beat Germany's Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3.
Dodig's persistence forced Tsonga into a string of wild misses, the end coming when he dumped a forehand into the net to surrender the second-set tiebreak 7-5 and gift-wrap the Croat a second victory in two meetings.
The world number eight bulldozed his way to a 3-0 lead before taking the first set 6-3 with a vicious serve which was too hot for Monfils to handle and then took the second set and the match 7-6.
Simon beat the two-time defending champion Tsonga 6-4, 6-3 for his 11th career title.
Tsonga, who returned to the court after almost three months brushed aside fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin
The 31st-ranked American, who is seeded sixth in Metz, got off to a slow start but managed to force a tiebreaker in the second set and pull through in the only first round match of the day.