- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (AP) - Roger Federer has advanced to the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Andy Roddick 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

With the victory Wednesday night, Federer improved to 17-2 against Roddick and avenged a loss when they met in Key Biscayne quarterfinals last year.

Federer’s opponent Friday will be No. 3-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4.

A lucky bounce helped Federer in the final game. With Roddick serving at deuce, Federer hit a backhand passing shot that clipped the net cord and landed in the corner for a winner. On the final point Federer smacked another backhand that handcuffed Roddick at the net and deflected off his racket.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Wednesday

At The Tennis Center at Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Purse: Men, $4.5 million (Masters 1000); Women, $4.5 million (Premier)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Singles

Men

Quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), France, 6-3, 6-4.

Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Andy Roddick (5), United States, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Women

Quarterfinals

Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Li Na, China, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2.

Venus Williams (5), United States, def. Iveta Benesova (26), Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles

Men

Quarterfinals

Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss, Australia, def. Frantisek Cermak, Czech Republic, and Michal Mertinak, Slovakia, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 tiebreak.

Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Ross Hutchins, Britain, and Jordan Kerr, Australia, 6-3, 6-1.

Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, def. Bruno Soares, Brazil, and Kevin Ullyett (6), Zimbabwe, 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Max Mirnyi, Belarus, and Andy Ram, Israel, def. Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5).

Women

Quarterfinals

Chuang Chia-jung, Taiwan, and Sania Mirza, India, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual (2), Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, and Amelie Mauresmo, France, def. Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6), Spain, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 tiebreak.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, and Patty Schnyder, Switzerland, def. Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs (4), Australia, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-8 tiebreak.

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