Federer advances to final

22 Sep 2020 admin

first_imgWhen it comes to world No. 1 Roger Federer’s opponents at the AIG Japan Open, the bigger they are the harder they fall.Top seed Federer downed No. 14 seed Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday and will play Tim Henman in the final at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 On Friday, Federer was on the ropes against world No. 1,078 Takao Suzuki before scraping a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win and survived a scare against Serbian qualifier Viktor Troicki earlier in the tournament.But when Wesley Moodie came up against the Swiss star in the third round, the defending champion offered scant resistance against the nine-time Grand Slam winner.Ditto Becker.Federer pinpointed the differences between the two sets of players on who was able to break service first.“I thought (Troicki and Suzuki) took their chances early, although I still feel I was pretty much in control against them,” Federer said. “Against Moodie I clicked early on.”Federer clicked early again against Becker, who sounded the death knell on Andre Agassi’s career at the U.S. Open last month, and never looked in trouble after breaking the German world No. 92 to take a 2-1 lead in the first set and doing similarly in the second.“The big difference was I didn’t get a break behind early — I saved the one break point he had,” Federer said.The 25-year-old appeared content with his own two breaks and barely worked up a sweat as Becker won the rest of his own service games.Unfortunately, this was amid Federer’s array of powerful serves and seemingly laser-guided baseline winners that gave him the all-to-easy win dead on the hour mark.Tellingly, Federer didn’t double fault once — and neither did he against Suzuki.“I didn’t make any mistakes on my own serve, served well and took my chances,” said Federer, who is making his first appearance in Japan.No. 10 seed Henman beat No. 9 seed Hyung Taik Lee 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) later on Saturday and Federer would have been happy at the result.“I would like to play Henman as he’s a good friend of mine, even though it would be more difficult because of his experience,” Federer said.Meanwhile in the women’s singles, Aiko Nakamura advanced to the final by beating Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4.Nakamura will play No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli in the final Sunday after the French player thrashed compatriot Camille Pin 6-0, 6-1.Nakamura, who is currently ranked 89th in the world, overcome a jittery start to take the first set and held her nerve even after world No. 132 Chan ran away with the second set.“I was trying to play my tennis but I was a little nervous at first,” Nakamura said later. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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