Swiss Indoors Basel; Roger Federer Advance to QFs

Federer Swiss Indoor 2011

Roger Federer returned to the show after the last few weeks does not appear on the ATP World Tour tournament circuit. Absence in some recent tournaments, resulting in ATP rankings was down 1 level. Perform in the tournament held in his own country, as well as defending champion in the tournament will certainly give a strong impetus for the player no. 4 the world to re-take the position no. 3 after seized by Andy Murray last month.

Roger Federer let slip his record of never losing a set (24-1) in 12 matches against Finn Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday, when the third-seeded Swiss and four-time champion reached the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

“He was obviously finding his range better, playing a bit better and getting better rhythm as the match went on since he’s a baseliner,” said the Swiss. “It was due to my ups and downs that he found a chance in the second set, but then I found my range again on the serve in the third set and was basically in control. It was still a good match, I thought, for me to come through and I had some very good moments. All in all I’m pretty pleased.”

Federer added 45 points to his South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Ranking with the win over Nieminen and is now 1,950 points behind Andy Murray, who is bidding to finish the year as World No. 3. He has a 51-12 match record on the season, which includes one title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

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