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Roger Federer Advances In Basel at Swiss Indoor Tournament

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2010

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(November 1, 2010) Roger Federer spent some of his Basel boyhood picking up balls at his hometown tournament. The second-ranked Swiss is back in Basel this week seeking to collect his fourth Swiss Indoors title in the last five years.  Federer advanced to the round of 16 when Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov retired from the match after twisting his right ankle as he stretched to reach a drop shot. Federer was serving for the match with a 6-4, 5-2 lead when Dolgopolov retired.

The top-seeded Swiss took the first step toward regaining the crown he lost to Novak Djokovic last November. Federer will face either Janko Tipsarevic or Denis Istomin for a place in the quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Djokovic will face Latvian power merchant Ernests Gulbis in the opening round. Gulbis, who upset Federer on the red clay of Rome earlier this year, withdrew from last week's Vienna tournament citing personal reasons.

Sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who won Stockholm to tie Pete Sampras' mark of 64 career ATP titles, can surpass Sampras for fourth place on the Open Era title list if he wins Basel.

It was the third title of the season for the 29-year-old Federer, who swept Andy Murray in the Australian Open final in January to capture his 16th major championship. Federer defeated Mardy Fish to win Cincinnati in August. He was runner-up to Murray in the Toronto and Beijing Masters 1000 finals.

The ATP 500 tournament offers a loaded field that includes the second-seeded Djokovic, Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, former finalist David Nalbandian and Americans Andy Roddick, John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Roddick squares off against Querrey in an all-American opening-round showdown of big servers. 

The ninth-ranked Roddick has won four of six meetings with Querrey, but Querrey won their last match in Memphis in February. Querrey has won four titles this season. Roddick is bidding for his first title since he beat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Berdych in succession to win Miami.

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