Federer, Nadal advance to Swiss Indoors semifinals | Inquirer Sports

Federer, Nadal advance to Swiss Indoors semifinals

/ 03:14 PM October 31, 2015
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Belgium’s David Goffin during their quarter final match of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns a ball to Belgium’s David Goffin during their quarter final match of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)

BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer overcame mid-match service problems to beat David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday and advance to the Swiss Indoors semifinals.

Top-seeded Federer gave the eighth-seeded Belgian hope in their repeat of last year’s final when he dropped two straight service games in the second set to help level the match.

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Federer eased the nerves of his hometown fans in a deciding set that started after 11 p.m. local time, quickly killing Goffin’s momentum with a service break and cruising to victory.

Seeking a seventh title in Basel, Federer will play 29th-ranked Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday.

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Sock rallied to win an all-American match — his third straight this week — beating Donald Young 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on a day when all four quarterfinals went to three sets.

Rafael Nadal rode another comeback win into the semifinals and outlasted Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Third-seeded Nadal trailed by a set and a break before getting his third three-set win this week.

“I think he (Cilic) was playing great. Then I tried to change position a little bit on (my service) return,” said Nadal, who on Monday had to break serve to avoid a quick first-round exit against Lukas Rosol.

The match turned when seventh-seeded Cilic’s service faltered and Nadal seized a fourth straight break-point chance to lead 5-3 in the second.

Nadal broke service twice more in the decider and clinched when the tall Croatian sent a backhand volley wide.

Nadal’s next opponent is Richard Gasquet who had a close escape to reach the final four.

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The fifth-seeded Frenchman saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6).

Gasquet got the only break of serve in the match despite 36-year-old Karlovic firing 32 aces.

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