BASEL, Switzerland -- Kei Nishikori beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Nov. 4 to advance to the semifinals, where the 32nd-ranked Japanese will play U.S. Open winner Novak Djokovic on Nov. 5.
Djokovic fought back from losing the first set to beat Marcos Baghdatis 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in his quarterfinal.
The top-ranked Djokovic stayed on course to meet hometown favorite Roger Federer in the final for a third straight year, after the defending champion beat Andy Roddick of the United States 6-3, 6-2.
Djokovic had his serve broken twice early on before recovering to seal a victory that took his record against Baghdatis to 6-0, and raised his 2011 record to 67-3.
"I started slowly, no life on the court, and he took his chances,'' said Djokovic, playing his first tournament after a six-week break to heal a back injury. "My body is still getting used to this competition mode. I have to stay patient.''
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