Federer reaches Basel quarters


BASEL, Switzerland: Roger Federer shrugged off dropping the first set against journeyman Denis Istomin on Thursday (Friday in Manila) before hitting back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals. Federer’s win kept up the pressure on Novak Djokovic as the Swiss takes aim at a possible return to the year-end world number one ranking currently held by the Serb.


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