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Federer Reaches Quarter-Finals At Olympics; Isner Edges Tipsarevic

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer hit 23 winners, including 10 on his forehand, past Denis Istomin.

Top-seeded Swiss Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event on Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3 victory Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Federer, bidding to win his first singles medal at his fourth Olympic Games, needed 81 minutes for victory at the All England Club, Wimbledon. He will next play 10th seed John Isner of the United States.

“It was tough,” said Federer. “A very difficult first set. I was happy with the way that I was able to turn it around. Denis, I thought, played a very good first set. I didn’t play poorly to let him back into the match. In the second set, I guess I learned from the first set and was able to bring it home.”

Federer, who will turn 31 on 8 August, took a 3-0 lead after 10 minutes, before Istomin fought back to win three straight games. The Court One match was suspended at 1:37 p.m. local time, by rain, at 5-5, with Federer serving at 15/30.

Play resumed after an interruption of 32 minutes, with Federer clinching the 50-minute opener when he broke Istomin to advantage in the 12th game. He quickly established his dominance in the second set, opening up a 3-0 lead and won 21 of his 24 service points.

Marc Rosset won Switzerland the singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympics with a five-set victory over Barcelona-born Jordi Arrese.

Isner required 90 minutes to beat seventh seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-5, 7-6(14).

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