Federer beats Khachanov to advance to his 11th Halle final

Sheri Evans
June 25, 2017

The world number five had no problems serving for the match as he brought up his first match point with an ace down the T, and at the second time of asking, the former world number one sealed his place in the quarterfinals producing a sweet half-volley victor, setting up a quarterfinal encounter with another German in the defending champion Florian Mayer.

"Andy was exhausted after getting to No. 1 at the end of past year and then has been struggling with injuries", The Guardian quoted Federer as saying in Halle on Thursday before his fighting 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Mischa Zverev in the ongoing Gerry Weber Open.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set", Federer, who has never won a tournament nine times, told reporters. "It was important to stay calm after missing chances to win the set at 5-4".

The Swiss lured the youngster to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set when the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points. Federer has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he produced 11 aces. "It was a hard match".

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At Halle: Gerry Weber Open: Quarterfinals: Roger Federer bt Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4; Richard Gasquet bt Robin Haase 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Karen Khachanov bt Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.

The Russian forced a tie-break in the second set but the Australian Open champion was again too strong and took it 7-5 to seal victory.

Zverev's first two matches of the tournament were fairly comfortable affairs, against Paolo Lorenzi and his countryman Phillip Kohlschreiber, who he defeated in the first and second rounds respectively.

Another quarterfinal will pit Alexander Zverev against Roberto Bautista Agut. In fairness, Zverev's margin of error is slim: If his serve doesn't hit his mark, right at the body, then he's just sent a softball right into Federer's strike zone, one he barely needs to move to crush. Zverev reached the final past year but lost to Mayer.

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