Federer advances to Istanbul Open final
ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied past Diego Schwarzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to reach the Istanbul Open.
Federer recovered from a sloppy start against the eighth-seeded Argentine player to remain on course for an 85th title. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will face either second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Cuevas in the final.
Federer struggled with his serve during the first set but took advantage of Schwarzman's mistakes to break him for a 3-1 lead in the second. Schwarzman, who played his firt ATP tour semifinal, dropped his serve again in the eighth game when Federer unleashed a crosscourt backhand return.
Schwarzman put up strong resistance in the decider and saved a match point with a backhand down the line in the 10th game before Federer broke to seal the match.