BASEL, Switzerland - Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Swiss Indoors final yesterday, setting up a rematch of their epic semifinal at the London Olympics.
Top-ranked Federer brushed aside Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinals after Del Potro eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over third-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Federer has beaten Del Potro all six times they have met this season. "I'm excited to see how he is going to come out and play," Federer said of today's final.
Del Potro let a two-set lead slip in their quarterfinal at Roland Garros, and took the first set at the Olympics before losing the second on a tiebreaker.
"I was close in the Olympics and French Open but I never beat him this year," said the eight-ranked Del Potro, who rebounded from the Olympics loss to win his bronze-medal match.
Federer fired 10 aces and never allowed 101st-ranked Mathieu a break-point chance. Excellent anticipation at the net put Federer into position to hit a volleyed winner to create two set points in the first. He clinched with a forehand winner. Federer moved his opponent around the court in the final game before putting away an overhead to earn match point, and sealed victory when Mathieu netted a two-handed backhand.
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