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Federer survices scare, faces Hewitt in Brisbane final

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer survived a massive scare from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International. 

Federer was outplayed for a large part of the match but lifted when it mattered to beat the eighth seeded Chardy in three sets 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

The one hour, 55 minute win puts Federer into Sunday’s final against local hero Lleyton Hewitt, who took beat Japan’s second seeded Kei Nishikori 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Federer, who at 32 is the same age as Hewitt, admitted he found it difficult to beat the Aussie at the start of their careers. 

Federer said: “We go back 17 years, our coaches back then were best friends. It’s out first chance to play in Australia. I struggled a lot against him early in my career.” 

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