Federer beats Zverev to reach Halle quarters

Rosalie Stanley
June 25, 2017

Roger Federer eased closer to a ninth title at the Halle grass court tournament on Friday when he demolished defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Top seed Roger Federer qualified for his 15th quarter final at the Gerry Weber Open with a straight-sets victory over Mischa Zverev.

The pair held serve for nearly two hours before Zverev managed the first break of the match early in the third set and the 20-year-old broke again two games later to finish the Spaniard off.

Federer had a busy start to the year including the capture of his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

"I had never played him".

Gasquet will now play the victor of the last quarter-final between local favourite fourth seed Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday. "And playing against me, all are always very motivated", Federer told the Halle Open website.

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The 28-ranked Khachanov fired a backhand long in the breaker to send Federer through to a showdown with Zverev. The French player next plays Roberto Bautista Agut or the fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev.

Richard Gasquet, meanwhile, shrugged off a wobble in the second set, when he gave up his only two breaks of the match, to get the better of Robin Haase, winning 6-1 3-6 6-1. The Basilea idol obtained a 66 percent of effectiveness with his first serve, gaining 71 percent of almost all his points.

"I thought I was very calm out there, even in hard moments".

Despite a shock exit from Stuttgart on his comeback last week, Federer has improved in Halle and has not lost a set.

Khachanov will now play the victor of the match between fellow Russians Mikhail Youzhny and Andrey Rublev.

Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori was forced to retire due to a back injury while down 3-2 in the opening set, meaning world number 38 Karen Khachanov advances.

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