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Federer edges Troicki to advance to Japan Open 3rd round
2006-10-04 04:09:04 Xinhua English

TOKYO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- WorldNo. 1Roger Federer edged Serb qualifier Viktor Troicki 7-6, 7-6 to advance to the third round of the Japan Open on Wednesday.

BritishNo. 1Andy Murray failed to follow suit, however, the 19-year-old Scot slumping to a 6-3, 7-6 defeat by Czech Jiri Novak in his opening match in Tokyo.

Federer played well in his first ever match in Japan but ripped through the first-set tiebreak for the loss of just two points against the hard-serving Troicki.

The Swiss failed to overpower his 276th-ranked opponent in the second set as well, until his superior class gave him the edge in another tiebreak.

A fabulous cross-court forehand gave Federer a 6-2 lead before the nine-times grand slam champion closed out proceedings with a fierce serve on his second match point.

"I made it hard on myself," Federer told reporters. "Thank God I have the ability to play well when I really need it. It was a tough match and I'm really happy I came through."

Federer improved his win-loss record for the year to 73-5 in setting up a third-round clash with defending Japan Open champion Wesley Moodie.

The South African beat Austria's Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-4 to earn a shot at Federer. Enditem

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