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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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