Federer beats defending champ Mayer to earn Halle semifinal

Posted June 25, 2017

Eight-time champion Roger Federer rolled in the Halle quarterfinals Thursday with tight win over Mischa Zverev 7-6 (4), 6-4. His quarterfinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut proved to be a more complex affair.

Thiem had been hoping to sustain momentum after his run to the French Open semi-finals earlier this month but the Austrian's first serve let him down and he paid the price.

The Swiss star will now face Russian 21-year-old Karen Khachanov for a place in the final with either Richard Gasquet or Alexander Zverev.

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In Halle this week, Roger Federer analyzed the current situation his main rivals are going through and their recent results. Moreover, Federer held serve easily to lead 1-0, and Zverev managed to do better than their last meeting in 2013 on grass as he held to love to restore parity at 1-1.

But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist past year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.

However, the young shuttler, who has had very little experience on grass at the highest level, might find it hard to match Federer's class in today's big clash.

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But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist past year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.

It was his first win against the world number 56 in three attempts and came without a single break point conceded. Federer is chasing a record ninth title in Halle, first winning at the venue in 2003.

The world number five's next opponent will be Karen Khachanov, who put a close friendship with Andrey Rublev aside in an all-Russian quarter-final to begin the day's play.

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