Federer reaches quarterfinals

Roger Federer let slip his record of never losing a set (24-1) in 12 matches against Finn Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday, when the third-seeded Swiss and four-time champion reached the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

Federer looked in complete control when he won the first set in 24 minutes, hitting four aces and winning 75 per cent (12 of 16) of his service points. But Nieminen broke serve in the first and fifth games of the second set and despite a mini comeback by Federer, the World No. 66 kept his nerve. It was one-way traffic in the third set as 30-year-old Federer raced to a 3-0 lead and eventually sealed his 26th win in his past 27 matches at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament.

“He was obviously finding his range better, playing a bit better and getting better rhythm as the match went on since he’s a baseliner,” said the Swiss. “It was due to my ups and downs that he found a chance in the second set, but then I found my range again on the serve in the third set and was basically in control. It was still a good match, I thought, for me to come through and I had some very good moments. All in all I’m pretty pleased.”

Federer added 45 points to his South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Ranking with the win over Nieminen and is now 1,950 points behind Andy Murray, who is bidding to finish the year as World No. 3. He has a 51-12 match record on the season, which includes one title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Davydenko).

Date: 03.11.2011, Source: ATP


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