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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.


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.


Nishikori withdraws, Federer advances at Gerry Weber Open

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.


Marin Cilic eases into Queen's Club Quarter-finals

Croatian Marin Cilic on Thursday defeated American Stefan Kozlov to advance to the quarter-finals of the Queen's club tennis tournament. Fourth seeded Cilic beat Kozlov 6-0, 6-4 in an hour and five minutes on the fourth day of the meet.

Cilic, who defeated John Isner in the first round, is set to play against his third American opponent in a row in the quarter-finals when he takes on unseeded Donald Young, who defeated Serbian Viktor Troicki on Wednesday.


Boris Becker declared 'bankrupt' by London court

Three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a court in London.

The 49-year-old owed a firm of private bankers a large sum and the court registrar said there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay, BBC reported on Wednesday.


Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic stunned at Aegon Championships

Defending champion Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to World No. 90 Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club. The world number one lost 6-7, 2-6 to Australia's Thompson, who entered the draw as a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene of Britain.

Second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic also lost their first-round matches on Wednesday.


16 year old Félix Auger-Aliassime wins ATP Challenger title

At just 16 years, 10 months, Félix Auger-Aliassime became the seventh youngest player in history to capture an ATP Challenger title on Sunday at the Open de Sopra Steria in Lyon, France.

Auger-Aliassime, who was already the youngest Challenger finalist since Stefan Kozlov in 2014, defeated world no. 171 Mathias Bourge of France 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the 64 000 € tournament.


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