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Roger Federer digs deep, beats Adrian Mannarino to reach Swiss Open semi-finals

Roger Federer lost the first set to Adrian Mannarino but won the next two sets to enter the semi-finals of the Swiss Open Indoors tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Oct 28, 2017 09:02 IST
Reuters, Basel
Roger Federer‬,‪Basel‬,Swiss Open
Roger Federer returns a ball to Adrian Mannarino during their quarterfinal match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament. Federer won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 and will now face David Goffin in the semi-finals. (AP)

Roger Federer was finally forced to work hard for a win at the Swiss Indoors tournament as he fought back to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in his quarter-final on Friday.

The world number two, chasing an eighth title at his hometown tournament, had dropped only eight games as he breezed through the first two rounds but found his 28th-ranked opponent a much tougher nut to crack.

Adrian Mannarino took the first set and, although Federer cruised through the second, the Frenchman made him work hard again in the third before the Swiss completed the win.

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Roger Federer’s semi-final opponent on Saturday will be Belgian third seed David Goffin who beat American Jack Sock 7-6(6), 6-3 in the last of the night’s quarter-finals.

World number four Marin Cilic had an even harder time than Federer, needing two tiebreaks to beat 100th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(4) in just over three hours.

The Croat now faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, a late contender to snatch one of the last two places at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, who beat Roberto Bautista 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 08:58 IST