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Federer downs determined Suzuki to reach Japan Open semifinals

Federer downs determined Suzuki to reach Japan Open semifinals

Top-ranked Roger Federer rallied from a shaky start Friday to edge Japan's Takao Suzuki 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) and advance to the Japan Open semifinals.
Struggling with his return, Federer dropped the first set to Suzuki, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury and is playing in his first ATP tournament since the Australian Open in January.
"It was a difficult match and I was afraid I might lose it," said Federer. "He mixed up his serves well and hit all the corners. I got a bit of luck here and there in the third set which helped."
Federer, who had 13 aces, finally found his rhythm in the second set and broke Suzuki for the first time in the final game after being down 30-love.
Suzuki, ranked 1,078th in the world, kept pace with Federer in the third set, holding serve in the 12th game to force the tiebreaker.
"Not returning more of his serves was the only part of my game today


Updated : 2021-08-03 06:49 GMT+08:00