Roger Federer downs battling Thomaz Bellucci in Basel
BASEL, Switzerland (AFP) - Roger Federer was put to the test at his home Swiss Indoors on Wednesday but conjured up a 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 7-5 defeat of Thomaz Bellucci to advance to the quarter-finals.
The champion at five of the last six editions needed all of his guile at the end to advance in just over three hours with eight aces and two breaks of serve.
Federer has now won 31 of his last 32 matches here, with his only loss coming against Novak Djokovic in the 2009 final.
The hometown star who got his first exposure to the game as a ballboy at the venue profitted from a day off on Tuesday while Bellucci, weekend Moscow finalist, had to go three sets previous evening.