Swiss Indoors 2014 Semifinals
Swiss Indoors Men’s Singles Semifinals Saturday Oct 25
1-Roger Federer beat 8-Ivo Karlovic 7-6(8) 3-6 6-3
David Goffin beat Borna Coric 6-4 3-6 6-3
Federer Topples Karlovic; Goffin Continue Streak to Reach Basel Final
atpworldtour.com: October 25 2014 Basel, Switzerland - Seventh seed David Goffin reached his third ATP World Tour Final on Saturday at the Swiss Indoors Basel. He will next meet top seed and five-time champion Roger Federer who out-slugged tall Croatian Ivo Karlovic in three sets 7-6(8) 3-6 6-3.
Goffin extended his tour-level winning streak to 11 matches by defeating Rafael Nadal's conqueror, 17-year-old wild card Borna Coric, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tournament. Both players struck 10 aces in the two-hour and six-minute encounter.
Goffin broke first-time ATP World Tour semi-finalist Coric in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Coric saved one set point at 3-5, but Goffin held his nerve and went on to win the 43-minute opener. In the opening game of the second set, the Croat was forced to save four break points before finally holding. Momentum built for the teenager who held on to win the second set 6-3 in 40 minutes.
But in the decider Goffin's experience and recent run of fine form reaped dividends as he took a 3-1 lead. Coric saved three match points, but 42 unforced errors in the match proved costly. This year, Goffin has lifted two ATP World Tour titles at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbuhel (d. Thiem) and the Moselle Open (d. Sousa).
Federer fought off an ace assault from a dogged Karlovic to reach his 11th Swiss Indoors Basel. The hometown hero extended his win streak to 11 straight as he continued his push to conclude the season as year-end World No. 1.
If he wins the title, Federer will be less than 500 points behind Novak Djokovic in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with 1,000 points awaiting the champion of next week's BNP Paribas Masters. The five-time Basel champion will contest his 123rd title match on the ATP World Tour against Belgian rising star David Goffin.
Federer overcame 33 aces from the big-serving Croat to claim victory after one hour and 42 minutes, winning 80 per cent of points on his own serve. The 33 year old staved off a pair of set points in a grueling 18-point first set tie-break and would eventually secure the opener after rifling a backhand passing shot, one of his 40 winners on the day. Watch video interviews below: