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Federer rallies to beat Istomin at Swiss Indoors

Federer rallies to beat Istomin at Swiss Indoors, gets tour finals boost from Gasquet loss

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the...
Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin returns a ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their second round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the...

Switzerland Tennis Swiss Indoors

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the...

Switzerland Tennis Swiss Indoors

Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin returns a ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their second round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the...

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Roger Federer gave his hometown fans some worries Wednesday before beating Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Indoors.

Federer conceded a set for the first time in five matches against the 48th-ranked Uzbek, then had to rally from 0-40 down in his first service game in the decider.

The seventh-ranked Swiss converted his first match point with an angled backhand volley, but is still looking for his best tennis and a strong finish to the most difficult season of his career.

Earlier, Federer's chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month improved when Richard Gasquet was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra.

Also Wednesday, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina eased past Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen, 6-4, 6-4.


Updated : 2021-04-18 14:06 GMT+08:00