Federer into 15th Halle quarterfinals

Rachel Hardy
June 24, 2017

June 23 ― Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time yesterday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev.

Federer will seek his ninth title in the final against Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat his compatriot Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.

His huge serve was on full display when he won the 's-Hertogenbosch title on grass last week and once again he used it to devastating effect against Querrey.

As for the defending champion, Mayer has not had the best of seasons so far.

But the form of Federer this year, after his knee and back troubles of last year-when he lost his first match in Halle after winning three titles on the bounce-had been formidable. "He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn't getting many looks".

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The Swiss will now face 21-year-old Karen Khachanov for a place in Sunday's final - with all the action live on Sky Sports this weekend.

It was his first win against the world number 56 in three attempts and came without a single break point conceded.

It will be their eighth career encounter and fourth in Halle, with Federer dominating the head-to-head series 7-0. "It could be somewhat similar to how I played today". "He plays a bit different on the serve and the forehand, which is different to the regular forehand technique we see".

Gasquet broke the 28-year-old five times in the match, though he was powerless to prevent Haase from producing a brilliantly improvised trick shot to win a 28-shot rally in the opening set.

Gasquet will now play the victor of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.

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