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Federer, Berdych advance

2011-11-11 20:11

Paris - Roger Federer earned his 800th victory by beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters.

Federer will next play Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who edged Andy Murray of Britain 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also advanced after his opponent, top-ranked Novak Djokovic, pulled out because of a shoulder injury.

Federer slammed seven aces and hit 25 winners compared to only eight for Monaco.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion won five straight games to rally from a 3-1 deficit and took the first set when Monaco netted a backhand.

Federer broke for a 6-5 lead in the final set when Monaco made a forehand error, winning the match with an ace.

Earlier, Murray broke Berdych in the seventh game and took the first set with a crosscourt forehand winner.

The Briton rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second to force a tie-breaker but Berdych hit a forehand winner to level at one set apiece.

Berdych broke serve at 4-4 in the final set and held on to clinch victory.

Results:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6), France, def. Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, walkover.

Tomas Berdych (5), Czech Republic, def. Andy Murray (2), Britain, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, def. Juan Monaco, Argentina, 6-3, 7-5.

Reuters