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Federer rallies again to advance

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday.

Federer struggled in the opening set, and even walked toward his chair early in the first game before realizing there was still a point to play.

Istomin had taken just a set off Federer in five previous meetings, last year in Basel, but the Uzbekistan player took the lead after breaking in the sixth game.

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