Federer on course to win in Basel

Roger Federer cruised into the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basle with a routine 6-3 6-4 win over Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic.

Federer broke Tipsarevic once in each set and was never in trouble on his own serve at a tournament where his three-year winning streak was halted by Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.

But in first-round action, Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych missed another chance to boost his prospects of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour finals as he crashed out to German lucky loser Tobias Kamke.

Kamke, whose world ranking has improved by almost 200 places this year, was in blistering form as he broke Berdych four times on his way to a stunning 6-4 6-1 success.

In other first-round matches, fourth seed Andy Roddick strengthened his own hopes of qualifying as he edged through a tight tussle with fellow American Sam Querrey 7-6 7-6.

There were also wins for Radek Stepanek, playing as a wild card, lucky loser Paul-Henri Mathieu and qualifier Jarkko Nieminen.

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