Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federer in Semifinals

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federer in Semifinals

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On an indoor court, Roger Federer can win even when he's not playing his best.

He proved that again Thursday at the ATP finals in London, beating David Ferrer, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and advancing to the semifinals with a group match to spare despite struggling to land his serve and scrambling to stay in the long rallies.

"I've been very successful over the years. Probably won most titles indoors, maybe more than all the other guys combined," said Federer, who called it a natural surface for him. "But that doesn't make me the best this week."

The two-time defending champion is looking for his seventh title at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. He is 2-0 at the O2 Arena, with his last group match against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

Del Potro beat Janko Tipsarevic, 6-0, 6-4, in the other Group B match, improving his record to 1-1 and eliminating the Serb with two losses. But Del Potro still needs to beat Federer to advance.

"Win in two sets gives me a chance to go to the next round," said Del Potro. "But before I need to beat Roger once again."

Federer made only 53 percent of his first serves against Ferrer. And in his first two service games, he was forced to save six break points.

But he did save them, and three others, while getting broken only once.

With the victory, Federer improved to 14-0 in his career against Ferrer.

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