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Federer beats Zverev in three, Sock advances

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

LONDON -- Roger Federer returned to a place he's all-too-familiar with, the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer reached this stage Tuesday in London for the 14th time in 15 attempts with a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 win against rising star Alexander Zverev.

With Federer up a set and a break, Zverev fought back to win the second, but a series of costly mistakes in the decider gave the Swiss the match and the No. 1 seed in his group.

Federer, a six-time World Tour Finals champ, is still working his way back into peak condition after taking things relatively easy for the past couple of weeks. He was relishing the chance to work on his game with nothing at stake before the semis.

His final round-robin contest in the Boris Becker group will come Thursday against Marin Cilic, who earlier in the day was eliminated from the semifinals by Jack Sock 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

"I was trying to put a lot of balls into play so there was a lot of defending from me," Federer said after the match. "But it paid off, so I am happy. I am extremely relieved I can play freely in my last match instead of it being a nail-biter."

Federer's tactical awareness wo not need any tweaking, though, as he mostly rode the pressure the big-serving Zverev put on him early in the match.

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