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Federer reaches Tour Finals semis

11:54 AM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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London, England (Sports Network) - Six-time champion Roger Federer secured yet another berth in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

The second-seeded former No. 1 got past gritty fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in a rematch of the 2007 final, which was also won by the Swiss icon, in Shanghai.

Federer prevailed in 1 hour, 48 minutes by being broken only once on Day 4 against Ferrer, who owns an ATP-best seven titles this season.

The 31-year-old Federer has now reached at least the semis at this exclusive event 10 times in 11 tries. He's seeking a third straight title in the elite eight-player tournament, which he captured back-to-back in 2003 and 2004, 2006 and 2007, and the last two years.

Also on Thursday in London, sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro will battle eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic in more round-robin action at The O2 Arena.

Friday's round-robin play will pit top-ranked Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic against fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych and world No. 3 U.S. Open and Olympic titlist Andy Murray versus seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic captured a Tour Finals title in 2008 in Shanghai, while del Potro was the runner-up in 2009, and Tsonga was last year's runner-up to the amazing Federer.

This week's four-player Group A features Djokovic (2-0), Murray (1-1), Berdych (1-1) and Tsonga (0-2), while Group B boasts Federer (2-0), Ferrer (1-1), del Potro (0-1) and Tipsarevic (0-1). The top-two players from each group will play in the semifinals on Sunday, and the winners will square off in the lucrative finale Monday in London.

The 2012 World Tour Finals champion can earn as much as $1.76 million.

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