Federer beats Simon in 3 tough sets in Swiss Indoors QFs
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2018 06:28 AM
FILE - Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return shot to Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their men's singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer was pushed hard to beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.
Top-seeded Federer clinched after more than 2-1/2 hours, breaking Simon's serve when the 32nd-ranked Frenchman sent a backhand long from the baseline.
Federer puffed out his cheeks in a gesture of relief when taking the applause from his hometown crowd in Basel, where he seeks a ninth career title.
In the first set won by Federer, Simon failed to hold serve at 5-3 up and held a set-point chance before the tiebreaker.
Federer next plays the winner of Friday's late match between fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and seventh-seeded Daniil Medvedev.
Earlier, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 6-3.