Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro returns a ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their quarter final match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas)
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger [auth] Federer breezed into the Swiss Indoors semifinals, beating France’s Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2 behind a strong serve Friday to raise his record to 65-9 this season.
The top-ranked Swiss was playing the 46th-ranked Paire for the first time.
Federer next faces another Frenchman, Paul-Henri Mathieu, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4). The other semifinal pairs the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Richard Gasquet of France.
Del Potro, who won in Vienna t last weekend, overcame a one-set deficit and 20 aces by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to win 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Gasquet, still hoping to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, beat sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (5).