Federer rallies to reach Swiss quarterfinals

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) – Roger Federer won 17 straight wins at the Swiss Indoors when he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals.

The Swiss favorite, who was born in Basel, had his service broken in the third game, but defended well by winning five consecutive games to stay on track until he reached the final for the 14th time.

Federer, one year old, meets Gilles Simon of France, who eliminated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (0).

"I was ready for Struff to come out and turn," said Federer. "I did not know how aggressive I was going to play, how much service and volley I was going to do, but unfortunately, I did not have the best two service games."

"He connected well, He came up with a plan and it worked for him. In the second set was close, but I think I could clean my game a little. I am happy to have improved after a slow and rocky start today, to play well after that. I think people were really interested. They were excited that it would be a breakthrough again. "

The second favorite, Alexander Zverev, also went to the last eight with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alexei Popyrin, but Marin Cilic, the third favorite, he was defeated 7-5, 7-6 (2) by Marius Copil.

There were also victories for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Roberto Bautista Agut and Taylor Fritz.

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