Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Federer avoids upset

Top seed Roger Federer admitted his was relieved to progress after suffering a scare during his second-round match at the Masters Series Monte Carlo on Wednesday.

The world number one trailed Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 5-1 in the third set, before rallying for a 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7/1) victory in the second round of the claycourt event.

Federer avoided what would have been the most stunning in a series of surprising losses this season. Hidalgo, 30, entered this red clay event ranked 137th in the world and has never won an ATP title.

"I felt a little bit slow out there today," said Federer, who committed 55 unforced errors during the match.

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