Yevgeny Kafelnikov enjoys tackling Swiss tennis players. Just a few days after booting Marc Rosset out the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the Olympic champion finished off Roger Federer at the Stuttgart Masters tournament, 7-5, 6-3.
Roger Federer had already been in trouble in his first round match against Jan-Michael Gambill. Fortunately for the Basel player, the American abandoned due to back problems.
Federer could not repeat his Swiss Indoors exploits. The Swiss player admitted: "My timing was out here in Stuttgart. My service wasn't very good either."
This lack of serving efficiency was confirmed during the match. Federer broke Kafelnikov twice, at the beginning of each set, but couldn't keep his own serve.
The Russian has played Federer three times and won on every occasion, including in Rotterdam last year and at Wimbeldon this summer.
Marc Rosset failed to appear on court in Stuttgart against Sweden's Magnus Norman. The Geneva player pulled out of tournament after feeling ill.
swissinfo with agencies