Federer fights into Istanbul semifinals

Roger Federer has not exactly been dominant at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, but he has done enough to reach the semifinals. Federer outlasted an in-form Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3 during quarterfinal action on Friday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Swiss picked up the 200th clay-court win of his career by beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 in the second round before before getting a tougher test from Gimeno-Traver, a recent runner-up in Casablanca. Gimeno-Traver pushed the opener to a tiebreaker and did the same in set two, although he could have finished off the middle frame earlier having led 5-2 at one point.

A turning point came right away in the decider, with Federer battling back from a 0-40 hole and saving four break points in total to hold for 1-0. He eventually seized a crucial break at 4-3 with a perfect drop-volley. The 17-time major champion promptly served things out at 5-3 to prevail in two hours and 28 minutes.

Next up for Federer is a third career meeting (second this season) with Diego Schwartzman.


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