Federer forced to dig deep by Mannarino
Top seed Roger Federer was finally forced to work hard for a win at the Swiss Indoors tournament as he fought back to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-1 6-3 in his quarter-final on Friday (October 27).
The world number two, chasing an eighth title at his hometown tournament, had dropped only eight games as he breezed through the first two rounds but found his 28th-ranked opponent a much tougher nut to crack.
Mannarino took the first set and, although Federer cruised through the second, the Frenchman made him work hard again in the third before the Swiss completed the win.
Federer’s semi-final opponent will be either American Jack Sock or Belgium’s David Goffin who were playing in the last quarter-final.
Results from the Basel International Men’s Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday
1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 7-Adrian Mannarino (France) 4-6 6-1 6-3
2-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(4)
4-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) beat 6-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-2 2-6 6-4