Copil stuns 5th-ranked Zverev to reach Swiss Indoors final

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"It was a very good win for me, I'd rate it at eight out of 10", Federer said. He plays Federer, he plays great?

"I knew this would be a tough match", Copil said.

Federer was given a stern test by world No 93 Marius Copil but still won 7-6 6-4.

"But I kept my cool and got the job done".

"I still can't believe I won, it's been an unbelievable week for me", Copil said. Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa led Croatian No. 6 Borna Coric 7-6 (2), 1-2 when Coric retired.

"It would be great to win my 99th career title here in Basel".

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"When you're in a situation, you find a strategy always".

"I was just hoping to win a few matches".

Roger was magnificent behind his first serve, winning 32 out of 34 points and saving three out of five break points, creating the same number of chances on the other side and converting three to wrap up the win in straight sets and made his crowd erupting in joy.

Federer came alive in the tiebreaker, racing to a 5-1 lead and earning the set after an hour of hard graft on a Simon backhand error.

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan routed local favorite and top-seeded Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals at Vienna, Austria, dispatching him 6-3, 6-1 in just 66 minutes.

Federer broke back in the sixth game after a poor drop shot from Copil, with both players serving well after that to reach a tie break.

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But the margin lasted for only two games as the Swiss dropped serve for the fourth time to trail 4-5 as Simon struck a down-the-line victor.

The top-seeded Swiss rallied from trailing by a service break in each set against the 93rd-ranked Romanian, whose serve was measured at 243 kph (151 mph) in his opening service game.

Simon found level-pegging for 4-all.

Federer put the pressure on Simon's serve after battling back from 15-40 down in the 10th game and Simon crumbled with two straight errors.

This was Federer's 18th consecutive winning match at a tournament where he is unbeaten since 2013 and is an eight time victor.

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