BASEL, Switzerland - Two-time champion Roger Federer endured a shaky start Thursday before defeating Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-1) in the Swiss Indoors second round.
"I'm still struggling with my coordination just a touch," said Federer, who lost his serve three times but hit 11 aces at key times. He faces Simone Bolelli.
Tampa resident James Blake, seeded fourth, hit 18 aces as he beat Oscar Hernandez 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first time in three visits. "I was serving well and that got me out of a lot of trouble," said Blake, who next faces Feliciano Lopez.
Generali Ladies: Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic and No. 2 Vera Zvonareva eased into the quarterfinals in Linz, Austria, with straight-sets victories. Ivanovic downed Sybille Bammer 6-4, 6-2 and Zvonareva routed Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-2, 6-0.
Lyon Grand Prix: Top-seeded Andy Roddick hit 26 aces to beat fellow American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) to set up a quarterfinal in France against Robin Soderling.
NBA to use replay around the arc
The NBA Board of Governors approved expanded use of instant replay for the 2008-09 season. Referees will be allowed to review video to determine if a field goal was a 2- or 3-point attempt, or to decide if a shooting foul was committed behind the arc and warrants three shots instead of two. The owners also approved the use of replay if the game clock malfunctions in the final seconds of a quarter of overtime.
more NBA: Allan Houston's latest attempt to come back as a player with the Knicks ended and he began discussions with the team about a role within the organization. Houston retired in October 2005 because of chronic knee pain. ... Palms casino operator George Maloof Jr. says the NBA Board of Governors voted to allow the casino to accept bets on the league's games even though his family owns both the casino and the Sacramento Kings. The Las Vegas casino won't take bets on Kings games. ... The Magic waived forward-center Dwayne Jones, trimming the roster to the opening-day 15-man limit. The Magic opens the regular season at home against Atlanta on Wednesday.
Baseball:Bill Livesey,a St. Pete Beach resident and former baseball and soccer coach at Eckerd College (1972-77), was hired by the Yankees as a pro scout. Thirteen years ago, Livesey was fired as Yankees vice president for player development and scouting, then a week later hired as the Rays' director of player of personnel.
Cycling: The French Anti-Doping Agency wants to know why an international testing program failed to catch cheaters before it allows the sport's governing body to take over drug testing at the Tour de France. UCI chief Pat McQuaid insists his organization will oversee the anti-doping program, but the French agency (AFLD) claims it will remain in charge. The AFLD caught seven riders for doping at this year's Tour and said UCI's methods were not tough enough.
HOrses:Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic, is headed home after eight years in Saudi Arabia. Now 24, the horse will live at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The transfer is a gift from Saudi King Abdullah. Raised in Versailles, Ky., and known as "America's horse," Alysheba will be honored at a welcome ceremony Oct. 31.