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Federer finds his rhythm

BANGKOK: World No. 1 Roger Federer relied on his all-round game on Thursday to move into the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open, beating hard-hitting German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour.

The defending champion appeared more at ease after Wednesday's shaky first round 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Marcos Daniel of Brazil.

Federer secured an early break in the second game against Gremelmayr which was enough to earn him the first set.

His impressive serves put him up 2-0 in the second set, and at 5-2, Federer held his serves comfortably to win the match.

The results:

At Bangkok (Thailand Open): Second round: Andy Murray bt Robin Soderling 7-6(3), 7-6(5); Roger Federer bt Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-2; Jarkko Nieminen bt Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 6-4; Gilles Muller bt Luis Horna 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3; Paradorn Srichaphan bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-4. Doubles: First round: Mahesh Bhupathi (Ind)/Justin Gimelstob (U.S.) bt Robby Ginepri (U.S.)/Gilles Muller (Lux) 6-5(1), 6-5(1); Paul Hanly (Aus)/Leander Paes (Ind) bt Yves Allegro (Sui)/Graydon Oliver (U.S.) 6-4, 6-2.

At Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam Open): Second round: Jonas Bjorkman bt Cecil Mamiit 6-4, 4-3 retd.; Cyril Saulnier bt Jiri Vanek 7-6(3), 7-6(10); Radek Stepanek bt Uros Vico 6-2, 6-1; Thomas Johansson bt Bjorn Phau 6-3, 6-2; Alexander Waske bt Lars Burgsmuller 7-6(3), 7-6(3).

At Seoul (Hansol Korea Open): Second round: Catalina Castano bt Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-0; Nicole Vaidisova bt Akiko Morigami 6-2, 6-1; Marion Bartoli bt Saori Obata 6-2, 6-3; Laura Granville bt Nicole Pratt 6-2, 6-3; Ai Sugiyama bt Martina Muller 6-4, 6-3; Tatiana Golovin bt Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-1, 6-2.

At Luxembourg (Fortis Championships): Second round: Francesca Schiavone bt Virginie Razzano 6-2, retd.; Daniela Hantuchova bt Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-1; Kim Clijsters bt Klara Koukalova 6-3, 6-0.

At Guangzhou (Guangzhou International): Second round: Peng Shuai bt Tzipora Obziler 6-4, 6-4; Yan Zi bt Marta Domachowska 6-2, 6-1. — Agencies

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