Roger Federer booked his place in the last 8 of the Swiss Indoors 2012 Basel tournament after beating Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in three sets 6-3 6-7 (6) 7-5.
The 17 time Grand Slam champion is aiming to win his 6th title here in Basel and the 77th career title alltogether, equalling John McEnroe’s 77 tournament victories.
The Swiss took control of the first set by breaking Bellucci once to give himself a lead in the match. Despite the Brazilian having a couple of break point chances to come back into the set when Federer was serving at 5-3, he failed to convert any of them.
Both players were rock solid on their serves in the second set, taking it to a tiebreak. Bellucci stormed to take a 6-2 lead, giving himself four set points. Although the Fedex managed to stage a little comeback, averting all of them, the Brazilian eventually wrapped it up and forced a decider.
It was Federer who earned himself the first break point opportunity of the third set, but was unable to take it when 1-0 and 40-30 up on the Brazilian’s serve. The Swiss had the advantage of serving first in the set, which is alway a plus. Federer eventually managed to strike in the 12th game, earning himself a couple of match points at 6-4 40-15 up on the Brazilian’s serve. After Bellucci netted a backhand, the Swiss booked a quarterfinal spot, setting up an encounter against the winner of the match between Benoit Paire and Lukasz Kubot.
In the remaining first round matches, Frenchman Benoit Paire overcame 5th seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 4-6 6-2 6-3 and Australian Marinko Matosevic eliminated no.7 seed Florian Mayer of Germany in straight sets 6-2 6-3.
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