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BASEL---Top-seeded Roger Federer again
had to fight back from a set down before
beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach
the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors yes-
Federer struggled in the opening set, and
even walked toward his chair early in the
first game before realising there was still a
point to play. Istomin had taken just a set
off Federer in five previous meetings, last
year in Basel, but the Uzbekistan player took
the lead after breaking in the sixth game.
However, Federer fought back and took a
commanding lead in the second set after
breaking when Istomin hit a backhand long.
Istomin battled to stay in the match and
saved seven break points in the final set
before finally succumbing to Federer in the
third game and the second-ranked home
favourite went on to clinch the match with
a love service game.
Federer next faces either Vasek Pospisil of
Canada or fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of
Ealier, fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of
Canada hit 22 aces, including on match point,
to beat Donald Young of the United States
6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2).
Raonic earned the only break of the match
to take the opening set and then dominated
the final-set tiebreaker, converting his first
of four match points to seal the win after
nearly 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Raonic, who beat Young in two sets in
Washington earlier this year, next faces Bel-
gium s David Goffin.
Eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic also advanced
after coming from a set down to defeat qual-
ifier Kenny De Schepper of France 6-7 (6),
6-4, 6-3 in just under 2 hours.
The Croatian will face Benjamin Becker
in the quarterfinals. The German eased
through after Mikhail Kukushkin, who had
upset Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening
round, retired when trailing 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4),
Borna Coric set up a quarterfinal against
childhood idol Rafael Nadal as the 17-year-
old Croatian comfortably beat Andrey Gol-
ubev 6-4, 6-4. (AP)
Federer tames Istomin
in Swiss Indoors
SINGAPORE---Serena Williams awoke yesterday
dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day,
her doubts were defeated and she was still in
the running for a third straight WTA Finals
Following the worst beating of her professional
career on Wednesday, when she won only two
games against Simona Halep, it took hours of
cajoling and encouragement from coach Patrick
Mouratoglou to get Williams in the right frame
of mind for her last round-robin contest against
Whatever he said worked, as she routed
Bouchard 6-1, 6-1.
"I was feeling mighty low," Williams said. "I
was able to feed off his belief. I know that sounds
weird, even though I ve won so many titles, I still
at some point feel like, Oh gosh, maybe I might
not be able to do this or maybe I might not be
able to do that?
Williams improved her record to 2-1, and will
have to wait until today s match between Halep
and Ana Ivanovic to know if she is through to the
semifinals. Williams will make the final four unless
Ivanovic beats Halep in straight sets. Halep is
guaranteed of a semifinal berth.
Meanwhile, the outcome of the other group
remains uncertain, with none of the four players
qualified for the semis, and none eliminated from
Petra Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2,
further eroding the Russian player s hopes of
claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Sharapova, who needs to win the title and rely
on Williams not reaching the final if she is to
bump the American from the top spot, fell to a
0-2 record while Kvitova is 1-1.
In order for Sharapova to progress to the semis,
she will need to win her last match against
Agnieszka Radwanska and rely on Caroline Woz-
niacki beating Kvitova, and have both matches
decided in straight sets. (AP)
back to best at
VALENCIA---David Ferrer and Andy Murray
both advanced to the Valencia Open quarterfinals
after easy wins against error-prone opponents
The top-seeded Ferrer beat Fernando Verdasco
6-3, 6-2 after jumping out to early leads in both
sets by breaking his his fellow Spaniard s first
service games, while the third-seeded Murray
dispatched Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 on the indoor
A frustrated Verdasco offered little resistance
after that as Ferrer recorded his sixth straight win
against his countryman.
Ferrer finished with only eight unforced errors
to 25 for Verdasco, who hit five double-faults.
Ferrer will face Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.
Murray had a similar match against Fognini.
The Italian served four doubles faults and com-
mitted 20 unforced errors in the first set. Murray
broke Fognini again to move ahead 3-2 in the sec-
ond set before closing out the match when Fognini
committed his 36th unforced error by netting a
Murray, who won here in 2009, will face sev-
enth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa next.
On the other side of the bracket, Jeremy Chardy
of France fought back to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov
3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in just over two hours.
Also, Pablo Andujar of Spain beat Dusan Lajovic
of Serbia 6-3, 6-2 and will play fellow countryman
Tommy Robredo. (AP)
Ferrer, Murray reach
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to
Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their
round of 16 match at the Swiss Indoor tennis
tournament at the St Jakobshalle in Basel,
Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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