Federer delights home fans by defeating Stepanek

Roger Federer delighted the home fans by crushing the hapless Radek Stepanek in the quarter-final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The world No. 2 rubbished suggestions that his best days were behind him by racing to a 6-3 6-2 triumph in just over an hour.

Although it hasn't been Federer's best year, he has seen Rafael Nadal win three of the four Grand Slams. Federer is putting together a strong late run that will see him enter the ATP World Tour finals with his current form at the moment.

Federer outclassed his Czech opponent in every department, winning close to 60% of the points in a one-sided encounter.

Andy Roddick, Federer's next opponent, looks set to maintain his grasp on the eighth and final qualifying spot for ATP World Tour Finals after beating the dangerous David Nalbandian 6-4 6-4 in 74 minutes.

As was the case in his dominant first-round victory against Sam Querrey, Roddick gave away precious little on serve, winning all but nine of the 40 points contested there. That left Nalbandian with little room for error on his own serve, and he was unable to produce a faultless performance as he conceded two breaks.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic remains on a collision course with Federer after he brushed aside Robin Haase 6-2 6-3. The world No. 3, who has an unbeaten record at the tournament, has defied his reputation for inconsistency this season - reaching the last eight in 14 of 17 tournaments - and he showed his ruthless streak by triumphing in 78 minutes against the Dutchman. He now moves on to play Victor Troicki, conqueror of Richard Gasquet.

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