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Federer eases past Mayer into Halle semis

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Legendary Swiss Roger Federer knocked out the reigning champion of the Halle Open, German Florian Mayer, and advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Federer, an eight-time winner in Halle himself, took just over one hour to beat Mayer 6-3, 6-4 in the pre-Wimbledon grass court warm-up event.

Speaking about his win, Federer said, “It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court. And then having good footwork, to see the short ball, the floater, where I can come in and knock it off with a volley. I think I did it very well. I had lots of chances to even go up a double break in the second set.

“I thought I was very calm out there, even in difficult moments. I was calm serving out the first and second sets. Those are always signs for me that things are slowly starting to fall into place nicely.”

Federer will next square off against Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat his compatriot Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3 in a well contested affair.

The other semi-final will see Richard Gasquet of France square off against young German Alexander Zverev. Both men needed three sets as well to battle past their respective quarter-final opponents.

Singles - Quarter-finals

[1] R. Federer (SUI) d F. Mayer (GER) 63 64

[4] A. Zverev (GER) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 67(6) 76(1) 61

K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 46 63

R. Gasquet (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) 61 36 61

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