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Federer, Robredo, Lee, Sugiyama advance in Tokyo

Federer, Robredo, Lee, Sugiyama advance in Tokyo

Top-ranked Roger Federer coasted past defending champion Wesley Moodie 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Japan Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
From 2-2 in the first set, Federer won seven straight games, and finished off the South African in just 52 minutes.
After showing some rust in his win over qualifier Viktor Troicki on Wednesday, in his first match since winning the U.S. Open, Federer was relieved.
"I was expecting a tough match," he said. "I had trouble returning yesterday so I thought it would be tough today, but I served well and made some incredible shots."
Federer improved to 46-2 on hardcourts this year, and next faces wild card Takao Suzuki of Japan, who saved five match points in beating Alexander Waske of Germany 6-7 (4), 7-6 (10), 6-1.
Suzuki, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury, is playing in his first ATP tournament since the Australian Open.
Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Vince Spadea of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (9) and lined up a quarterfinal with No. 9 Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea.
Lee beat No. 6 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, the winner of Mumbai's rain-delayed final on Monday, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
In other third-round matches, fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland downed Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, and Germany's Benjamin Becker saved a match point to edge Czech Jiri Novak 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a match which ended at 3:24 a.m., the latest finish to a match in ATP history.
In women's second-round matches, two-time former champion Ai Sugiyama of Japan defeated Vania King of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, while France's Youlia Fedossova downed Japan's Akiko Morigami 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Fedossova, a lucky loser from qualifying, earned a berth in her second career quarterfinals _ the first was at the 2004 Japan Open.


Updated : 2021-06-14 21:13 GMT+08:00