Federer reaches semi-finals after being stretched by Simon

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The 37-year-old world number three, who first won the Swiss title in 2006, was a break down in each set to Romanian Copil, seeking his first title.

Roger Federer defeated Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 on Sunday at the Swiss Indoors in Basel to win the 99th ATP Tour title of his career.

In addition to Basel he has also won nine career tournament titles at the Gerry Weber Open on grass in Halle, and eight at Wimbledon.

Federer, 37, spent nearly 90 minutes less on court Saturday than Copil, who has had to come through six matches to reach his second career ATP final. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

"But I kept my cool and got the job done". Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa led Croatian No. 6 Borna Coric 7-6 (2), 1-2 when Coric retired.

"I came through qualifying and I didn't know what to expect but here I am", said the 28-year-old Copil.

"It's been an unbelievable week for me so far", Copil said.

"For those who do not speak such good German and Swiss-German, thank you very much for coming", he said.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to re-group quickly for the semis, where he will play the victor from Greek breakthrough player Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev. He kept his foot on the pedal in the second, racing to a comfortable 4-0 lead but had to fight to emerge the victor.

After tamely surrendering the first set in 20 minutes, Medvedev found himself trailing 5-1 in the second but managed to fend off a match point and hold serve.

There were five breaks of serve in the second set with three of those claimed by Simon as the Frenchman rallied to even out the scoreboard.

The third set looked like going Federer's way, with the seed breaking in the second game, but losing serve in the seventh. But a quick match point opportunity two games later allowed Federer to close as his opponent sent a return over the baseline.

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