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A routine start, a closer second set, and then a mild bump on the way. Roger Federer had to dig deep Saturday afternoon against Jeremy Chardy in the Brisbane heat, as the Frenchman found his groove for a brief period of the match, giving him the second set and break points in the opening game of the final set. The Swiss maestro eased his way to a one set lead, but Chardy tightened his game and kept the match close from there on out.

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His variety began to frustrate Federer a bit, who let out a “great serve” remark early in the third set to encourage himself forward. With Chardy’s groundstrokes carrying his service games, Federer had to take chances, which he did in navigating through the eighth game of the final set. With the break in hand, he comfortably served out the match, 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-3.

Federer Overcomes Chardy in Three Sets

Highlights, Full Match and Press Conference (via Brisbane International YouTube Channel).

Federer’s serve was remarkable, firing 21 aces, nearly single-handedly keeping him from slipping up in the final set. He will face Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday’s Brisbane International final. Hewitt defeated Nishikori in a grueling 5-7 6-4 6-3 victory earlier on Pat Rafter Arena.

In doubles, played after about one and a half hours on Show Court 2, Cabal/Farah defeated Federer/Mahut in a closely contested semifinal match, 7-6 (5) 6-3.

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The Swiss maestro was been busy this off season, both on court with training and off court with business matters. Catch up on the latest news and updates.

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The Swiss star is making his first appearance at the Brisbane International. See the full draw here. Following that and leading into the Australian Open, Federer will take part in an exhibition match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, “A Night with Roger Federer and Friends,” to be held at Rod Laver Arena on January 8.

In earlier news, the Swiss star and agent Tony Godsick formally created their new agency, Team8.

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