Federer gets past battling Chiudinelli

Federer gets past battling Chiudinelli

He will face third-ranked Novak Djokovic, who pulled off an even more impressive survival act by saving three match points before beating Radek Stepanek 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.

Federer, facing an opponent who has rocketed up more than 800 places up the world rankings in the last year to 73rd, saved a set point in the first set tie-break before going on to win 7-6, 6-3 against the Swiss number three.

At Valencia in Spain, top seed Andy Murray battled past Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals of the Valencia Open, beating the fourth-seeded Spaniard 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to set up a final against Mikhail Youzhny.  Youzhny defeated second-seeded Russian compatriot Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Rezai triumphs

Aravane Rezai won the Tournament of Champions in Bali on Sunday when top seed Marion Bartoli retired with a quad injury after losing the first set 7-5.

The win gave Rezai the second title of her career following success at Strasbourg in May, and lifted her into the world's top 30 for the first time.

Bartoli had broken her fellow Frenchwoman to lead 3-2 but failed to serve out the set at 5-4 and was unable to convert a break point at 5-5.

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