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Swiss legend and top seed Roger Federer defeated Russian Karen Khachanov on Saturday thus advancing to the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Federer, who is a step away from his ninth title at the tournament, took an hour and 25 minutes to win 6-4, 7-6 (5) against the 6 foot 6 inch Russian. Federer had to dig deep to come away from the contest in straight sets, saving two set points on his own serve at 5-6 late in the second set. In the final, the Swiss will play German Alexander Zverev, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

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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.

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Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov on Thursday reached the Halle Open quarter-finals after the withdrawal of Japan's Kei Nishikori due to injury. After receiving medical treatment on the court to treat a back injury, the World No.9 Japanese player opted to pull out after 34 minutes, with the score at 3-2.

The 21-year-old Russian now advances to the quarter-finals to play compatriot Andrey Rublev, a wild card recipient, who stunned veteran qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

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The 18-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has announced his absence from the French Open later this month, and has turned his attention to the grass and hard court tennis seasons.

"Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open," said the Swiss tennis superstar in a statement on his Twitter page on Monday.

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Scot tennis star Andy Murray returned to action after a month-long injury lay-off in a charity exhibition match against Swiss legend Roger Federer.

35-year-old Federer dominated the game - named "Match for Africa 3" - against the current World No.1 from Scotland, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in Zurich on Monday. The game was organised by the Roger Federer Foundation, which manages several projects in Africa.

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Swiss great Roger Federer has jumped to fourth place in the mens' Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday after winning the Miami Open. Federer defeated Spanish Rafael Nadal in the final of the tennis tournament on Sunday.

British tennis player Andy Murray remained at the top of the ATP world singles rankings with 11,960 points. The 29-year-old Scot led the rankings for the first time in his career on November 7 and has kept the lead since.

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Roger Federer won his third ATP World Masters 1,000 tourney at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, once again defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 34 minutes.

The Spaniard this year has lost all three of his confrontations with the Swiss champ, including the Australian Open final.

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