first_imgJuan Martin del Potro took advantage of an error-strewn Marin Cilic performance to beat the defending champion for a seventh time in a row on Saturday to set up another Swiss Indoors final showdown with Roger Federer.Federer swatted aside David Goffin 6-1 6-2 in exactly one hour to reach the final of his hometown tournament for the 13th time.Federer has won seven and lost five of the previous finals, with two of those defeats against Del Potro in 2012 and 2013 although overall the Swiss has beaten the Argentine 17 times out of 23.”I played a smart match, I waited for my chances in both sets,” Del Potro told reporters after his 6-4 6-4 win over the world number four.”The only way to beat Roger is play hard and play aggressively all the time… you have to play down the lines every time and sometimes even that is not enough.”Cilic never found his rhythm and did not help his cause with a flurry of unforced errors, including six double faults.After early breaks by both players, Del Potro won the ninth game with a backhand return and held serve to clinch the first set.The Argentine, emerging as a late contender to snatch one of the last two places at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, then broke immediately in the second.Cilic broke back at 3-3 but Del Potro did the same in the next game and there was no way back for the Croat with Del Potro wrapping up the match with his seventh ace.advertisementFederer never allowed his Belgian opponent to settle as he reached his eighth final of the season. There were no signs of the jitters that resulted in him dropping his only set of the tournament in Friday’s quarter-final against Adrian Mannarino.”Everything changed completely, I had a much better mindset. I wanted to take it to my opponent and I was able to do that,” said Federer.last_img read more

first_imgManny Pacquiao has not signed a contract to take on Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year despite claims that a deal has been agreed for the bout, the Filipino’s publicist has said.Khan, who beat Australia’s Billy Dib in Jeddah on July 13 to win the WBC international welterweight title, said on Tuesday that he had agreed a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on Nov. 8.The Briton told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday.”Manny has not signed any contract. As far as I know it has not even been discussed,” Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternberg told the BBC.”He has been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the United States, and he hasn’t met with Amir Khan during that time.”Sternberg said he did not know what prompted Khan to make the claims.”That’s a question you need to ask Amir Khan,” he said.Khan had been slated to fight eight-division world champion Pacquiao two years ago in the United Arab Emirates but no agreement could be reached.Pacquiao, one of the sport’s most decorated fighters, has a record of 61 victories, seven defeats and two draws in a career spanning 24 years.Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.Also Read | Deepa Malik opts out of 2020 ParalympicsAlso See:last_img read more