10/27/12 12:27 AM | Ricky Dimon
Roger Federer makes quick work of Benoit Paire on Friday in Basel. Federer is through to a semifinal showdown with fellow veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Roger Federer picked up the pace on Friday at the Swiss Indoors Basel, crushing Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes. Federer struck four aces and won 24 of 25 first-serve points to storm into the semifinals.
Facing Federer for the first time, Paire got off to a decent enough start by holding easily in the opening game. However, it was all downhill from there for the 46th-ranked Frenchman. Federer broke for 2-1 and 5-2 before serving out the first set.
More of the same continued in the second, with the top-ranked Swiss seizing complete control right away. Federer dropped a mere four points in four service games after losing only three in the first set.
Paire wrapped up his effort with seven aces, but he double-faulted five times. Federer converted four of 12 break points on his way to a clash against another Frenchman, Paul-Henri Mathieu.
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