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Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic to return for 2018 Hopman Cup

Swiss superstar and eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and compatriot Belinda Bencic will return to Western Australia for the Hopman Cup in 2018.

The dynamic duo of Federer and Bencic starred in three record-breaking sessions at the event this year, with 13,917 fans turning out for the tie between Switzerland and France, the biggest tennis crowd in WA history.

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Federer routs Zverev in one-sided Halle final

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer claimed his ninth title at the Halle Open after beating German Alexander Zverev, World No.12, in Sunday's final.

The World No.5 Swiss star won his fourth trophy this season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over his 20-year-old German rival in 53 minutes. The 35-year-old victor claimed the Halle Open title one week ahead of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, which he has won seven times. Wimbledon is to be held from July 3 to 16.

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Lopez, Cilic to square off in Queen's Club final

Spain's Feliciano Lopez overcame sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the final of Queen's Club, a tune-up event for Wimbledon.

The unseeded Spaniard will next take on fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic - a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 winner, earlier in the day over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller - in Sunday's final of this grass-court event, which is known as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons.

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Federer - Zverev to clash in mouthwatering Halle final

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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Leander Paes and Adil Shamsdin clinch Ilkey Challenger title

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamsdin clinched the men's doubles title at the Aegon IIkley Challenger Trophy on Saturday. The top seeds defeated local wild card entrants Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-2, [10-8] to clinch the trophy.

The match was evenly poised till the end with the UK pair outclassing the Indo-Canadian duo in the first set. The second set though was the complete opposite as the 44-year Indian and his teammate turned things around impressive.

The decisive match tiebreak went to the wire, with both the pairs trying hard to take a lead. The duo of Paes and Shamsdin took a slender lead to clinch the set and the trophy.

Federer eases past Mayer into Halle semis

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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Dan Evans: "I've let a lot of people down"

British tennis player Dan Evans has said that he failed a drug test in April, testing positive for cocaine. The world No 50 claimed on Friday that he had taken the recreational drug out-of-competition for reasons "completely unrelated to tennis", the Independent reported.

He called a press conference at a hotel close to Queen's Club to announce that he had failed a drugs test.

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