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  • TENNIS

    Federer reaches semifinals at ATP finals

  • LONDON — On an indoor court, Roger Federer can win even when he's not playing his best.
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  • LONDON — On an indoor court, Roger Federer can win even when he's not playing his best.
    He proved that again Thursday at the ATP finals, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (5) and advancing to the semifinals with a group match to spare despite struggling to land his serve and scrambling to stay in the long rallies.
    The two-time defending champion is looking for his seventh title at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. He is 2-0 at the O2 Arena, with his last group match against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.
    Del Potro beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 in the other Group B match, improving his record to 1-1 and eliminating the Serb with two losses. But Del Potro still needs to beat Federer to advance.
    Federer made only 53 percent of his first serves against Ferrer. And in his first two service games alone, he was forced to save six break points.
    But he did save them, and three others, while getting broken only once.
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