Federer to clash with Murray in semis

Updated: 22 March 2009 07:09 IST

Roger Federer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to book a semi-final meeting with Andy Murray at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament.

Indian Wells, California:

World number two Roger Federer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to book a semi-final meeting with Andy Murray at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament.

Federer, a three-time champion here who is seeded second behind world number one Rafael Nadal, took his record to 3-0 over the 10th-seeded Spaniard on Thursday, but it wasn't plain sailing.

He led the second set 4-1 before Verdasco broke him twice to take a 6-5 lead, forcing Federer to break in the 12th game to avoid a third set.

Federer took a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker, but needed four match points to put Verdasco away.

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