Federer wins 99th title with Swiss Indoors victory

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The 37-year-old, Roger Federer world number three, an eight-time champion here, survived a late break to win in 64 minutes.

Top-seeded Roger Federer edged Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors, a hard-court Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament.

Federer won his 20th straight match at the tournament and has played in 12 straight Basel finals.

It is Zverev's 52nd win of the season and a ninth semi-final spot for the world number five, who has already qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month.

Federer was given a stern test by world No 93 Marius Copil but still won 7-6 6-4.

"For those who do not speak such good German and Swiss-German, thank you very much for coming", he said.

"But I kept my cool and got the job done".

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Earlier, second seed Alexander Zverev hammered a dozen aces to reach the final four with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of Roberto Bautista Agut.

"It's been an unbelievable week for me so far", Copil said.

"It would be great to win my 99th career title here in Basel". This week, he has beaten No. 6 Marin Cilic and Zverev, who is ranked fifth.

However, it wasn't a smooth ride for the 20-time grand slam victor as he dropped his serve five times and was only 59 per cent accurate on his usually sharp first delivery.

Federer started his slow recovery with a break for 4-5; he then saved set points to level at 6-all, winning a game in which he double-faulted twice in a row and saved a set point with an ace.

Copil began the match with a break in the third game but lost it in the sixth as Federer levelled the opening set. He kept his foot on the pedal in the second, racing to a comfortable 4-0 lead but had to fight to emerge the victor.

Federer put the pressure on Simon's serve after battling back from 15-40 down in the 10th game and Simon crumbled with two straight errors.

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