Swiss Indoors: Roger Federer reaches semis after being stretched by Gilles Simon

Swiss Indoors: Roger Federer reaches semis after being stretched by Gilles Simon

Marius Copil on Saturday became the first qualifier to reach the final of the Swiss Indoors in more than a decade as the Romanian upset Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4. After tamely surrendering the first set in 20 minutes, Medvedev found himself trailing 5-1 in the second but managed to fend off a match point and hold serve. The second set produced five breaks of serve - only two to Federer - before Simon struck the victor.

Just hours after, though, Federer dropped a major retirement hint while speaking to the ATP World Tour following his 99 triumph. "I'd like to say a few words to the people on the TV around the world", Federer said."Thank you so much for supporting me this week, it's been a magical week and I can't thank you enough".

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Top-seeded Roger Federer had to work for it, but he ultimately beat Frenchman Gilles Simon on Friday to advance to the semifinals at the Swiss Indoors Basel in Switzerland.

"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far. I feel good right now".

From there Federer really set the tone of the match in the tiebreaker, where the Swiss man raced to a 5-1 lead before earning the set after an hour of hard-fight when Simon erred his backhand wide. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

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The 32nd-ranked Simon continued to make the match a struggle, with the pair trading four breaks in a row until Federer took a 4-3 lead.

Copil will face Federer in Sunday's final after the No. 1 seed cruised to a straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev in the second semifinal.

Meanwhile, South African Kevin Anderson has secured his spot at next month's season-ending ATP Finals by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to win the Vienna Open.

"I knew it was going to be hard".

The Romanian aims for a first title after arriving at Basel without a career win over a top-10 opponent.

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