Federer reaches semifinals at Swiss Indoors

Oct. 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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BASEL, Switzerland, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Roger Federer drew closer to locking up an invitation to the ATP World Tour Finals with a quarterfinal win Friday at the Swiss Indoors.

Federer, seeded third this week but a five-time winner of the tournament, ousted No. 8-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) by fighting off nine of the 10 break points he faced.

Federer held off five break points in the first set while building a lead and overcame an early second-set break to force the tiebreaker, which he won easily.

Federer can clinch a spot in the Tour Finals by winning the tournament. He is in the top position of the non-qualifiers with three spots left to decide in the eight-player event.

Top-seed and defending champion Juan Martin del Potro also advanced to the semifinals, topping Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4. Del Potro didn't see a break point and finished off two of his three break chances. He lost six points in his 10 games serving.

Also Friday, Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated Daniel Brands 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and Vasek Pospisil edged Ivan Dodig 7-6 (13-11), 6-4.

Del Potro goes against Roger-Vasselin in the first of Saturday's semifinals. They have split their first two meetings. Federer won the only previous time he played Pospisil.

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