Federer cruises past Mayer into Halle semis

Federer cruises past Mayer into Halle semis

June 23 ― Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time yesterday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev.

The 35-year-old Swiss will face fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev or Richard Gasquet in Sunday's final.

Federer, who won his first Grand Slam title since 2012 at the Australian Open in January, lost the first match of his return to German veteran Tommy Haas in Stuttgart last week.

Federer and Khachanov traded breaks in the first two games but Federer made amends by grabbing a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point. "He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn't getting many looks", Federer told www.atpworldtour.com.

He persisted and carved out two more, winning the tiebreak by whipping a crosscourt backhand victor on his fourth set point.

He next faces Karen Khachanov, who defeated Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.




The World No. 5 has yet to drop a set in Halle this week.

The world number 12 booked his final spot after breaking at 3-3 and finishing the Frenchman off with another break to set up the showdown with Federer.

Gasquet will now play the victor of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.

"I'm very satisfied because Philipp is someone who can play very well on grass", Zverev told the official ATP website.

HALLE, Germany World number nine Kei Nishikori's Wimbledon preparations suffered a setback on Thursday when he was forced to retire injured from his Halle Open round of 16 match against Russian Karen Khatchanov.

He then converted his first match point. Zverev reached the final past year but lost to Mayer.

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