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Monfils beats Federer

Gael Monfils saved five match points to beat top-seeded Roger Federer, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), and reach the Paris Masters final against Robin Soderling.

Soderling saved three match points before overcoming Michael Llodra of France, 6-7 (0), 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Monfils faced five match points in the 12th game of the final set before forcing the tiebreaker with an ace.

Federer shanked a forehand to give Monfils two match points, and the Frenchman converted the first with a service winner.

"I guess I had control over it in the third, went a break up," Federer said. "That's a disappointment there. It's a tough match to lose."


Edwards wins second straight

Carl Edwards has won the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, leading 152 laps in claiming his second straight win.

Edwards had total control of yesterday's race after winning last week at Texas, and now has four Nationwide victories this season.

Danica Patrick finished 32nd after a rough race. She had a tire problem after making contact with Tony Raines, but also bumped and banged with Alex Kennedy for several laps in the middle of the race.


Thatcher holds four-stroke lead

Roland Thatcher remains on track in an improbable bid to keep his PGA Tour card, shooting a 2-under 70 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic to take a four-stroke lead over Chris Stroud into the final round.

Thatcher began the week 179th on the money list and needs to win or finish alone in second at the season's final tournament to vault into the top 125 - the cutoff for full status - to retain his card.


Birdrun wins at Calder

Birdrun ($4.60) beat Duke of Mischief by 4 1/2 lengths in the $150,000 Carl Rose Classic, the finale of Calder's eight-race Florida Million for Florida-bred horses.

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