Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federer Reaches Semi

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federer Reaches Semi

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Six-time champion Roger Federer rallied past Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, Saturday, setting up a semifinal against Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. On the back of a poor season, the 17-time Grand Slam winner overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat del Potro to reach the semifinals for the 11th time.

Novak Djokovic will take on Stanislas Wawrinka in the other semifinal today at the year-end tournament. Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3, in his final round-robin match to extend his winning streak to 20 matches

Golf

Chris Kirk and Briny Baird each made birdie on the 18th hole to separate themselves from the pack after the third round of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga. Kirk holed a 25-foot putt for a 2-under 68. Baird followed him with an 8-foot birdie putt for a 67. They were tied at 10-under 200, a shot ahead of Kevin Stadler (65), Brian Gay (66) and John Senden (68).

* Victor Dubuisson of France opened up a five-shot lead after the third round at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalaya, while Tiger Woods kept himself in the mix despite three bogeys on the back nine. Dubuisson opened with four consecutive birdies and added five more in a bogey-free 9-under 63. He moved to 21-under 195 to distance himself from the field. Ian Poulter was alone in second after a 68, while Woods (68) and Henrik Stensson (69) were among four players sitting another shot back.

* Adam Scott shot an even-par 71 at wind-swept Royal Pines in Gold Coast to open a three-stroke lead in the Australian PGA. The tournament is the first of four in a row in Australia for Scott. He had a 10-under 203 total. American Rickie Fowler (71) and Australian David McKenzie (72) were tied for second.

* Japan's Mamiko Higa, Yuki Ichinose and Shiho Oyama shared the second-round lead in the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan, the final tournament in the LPGA Tour's five-event Asian swing. Higa and Ichinose shot 6-under 66 to match Oyama at 8 under Oyama, the first- round leader, has consecutive 68s. …

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