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Federer labours through to Doha quarter-finals

Roger Federer produced a no frills display against compatriot Marco Chiudinelli, to reach the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

sports Updated: Jan 05, 2011 23:49 IST

Roger Federer produced a no frills display against compatriot Marco Chiudinelli, to reach the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

After thrilling the crowd on Tuesday with one of his "between the legs" trick shots, the Swiss world number two laboured to a 7-6 7-5 victory in one hour 48 minutes. Twice former champion, Federer made little impression on his opponent's serve during a tight first set and trailed by a break in the second before recovering to clinch victory with a smash.

It was far from vintage Federer, though, and the 16 times grand slam champion appeared to be playing within himself for long periods against a player he had beaten on their only previous meeting.

Top seed Rafael Nadal is in action later against Slovakia's Lucas Lacko. Third seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga of France, making his comeback from injury, moved into the quarter finals with a 6-2 6-4 win over Ukraine's Sergei Bubka.