Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a shot to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament in Brisbane, Australia, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Hunt/AAP
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Roger Federer overcame a lingering sickness to hold off Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 Friday and take his title defense into the semifinals at the Brisbane International.Federer delayed his opening match at the Australian Open warmup until the fifth day because of a flu-like illness and was playing Dimitrov in the quarterfinals on less than 24 hours rest.Federer, after showing signs of fatigue in the second, took a quick break before the third, and then went on a roll to set up three match points in the ninth game. Again Dimitrov rallied, winning five consecutive points and forcing Federer to serve it out – which the 17-time major winner duly did.By holding off Dimitrov, who is 10 years his junior, Federer set up a meeting with 22-year-old Dominic Thiem, the youngest player in the top 20 .
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