Roger Federer in Rotterdam final
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Federer, playing in Rotterdam for the first time since capturing the 2005 title, will play for the championship Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro. The third-seeded Argentine downed second-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-1 in the other semifinal.
Del Potro, making his first Rotterdam appearance, will be seeking his first title since last May at Estoril. He has beaten Federer only twice in 10 matches and lost to the Swiss star in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Davydenko made a strong start, breaking Federer in the ninth game before holding his serve to claim the first set. The Russian forced another break in the third game of the second set but Federer broke back at 2-3 to take control.
Federer still had to overcome three break points while trailing Davydenko 4-3 in the final set.
"It's good to see Davydenko back at this playing level," Federer said. "Fortunately for me, he wasn't good enough to knock me out."
Del Potro broke his Czech opponent in the opening game before making another break at 5-3 to take the first set. In the one-sided second set, the Argentine took a 5-0 lead, then surrendered a game and completed the rout on his ninth ace of the match.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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