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Hong Kong, China (Sports Network) - Wimbledon titlist saw his first action of 2004 on Thursday and opened with a three-set victory over Belarusian at the Champions Challenge exhibition event. The Swiss star defeated Mirnyi 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and will meet French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero or French Open runner-up Martin Verkerk in the final. The Spanish Ferrero and Dutch Verkerk will meet here on Friday, marking a rematch of last year's lopsided Roland Garros final won by the Spaniard.

Federer led the ATP with seven titles last year, including one at the season- ending Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. He broke through for his first-ever Grand Slam championship by beating in the Wimbledon final.

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