Federer races through to Halle quarters
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[June 17, 2016]
(Reuters) - Roger Federer
hurried into the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on
Thursday, wrapping up a 6-3 7-5 victory over Tunisia's Malek Jaziri
in 69 minutes.
The top seed, who has won eight titles at the German grasscourt
tournament that has proved ideal preparation for Wimbledon during
his long career, quickly overcame a second-set hiccup when he
dropped his serve to go 3-0 down.
He rediscovered his rhythm, recovered the deficit and then broke the
Tunisian in the 11th game before serving out the match.
Federer next meets Belgian David Goffin, who was leading Sergiy
Stakhovsky 4-6 7-5 2-0 when the Ukranian retired hurt after an
"That's life...some days are just not meant to be. I'll try to be
back for Wimbledon," Stakhovsky tweeted.
Federer, 34, will be keen to enjoy as much match practice as
possible before Wimbledon after pulling out of the French Open last
month with a back injury.
He leads 25-year-old fifth seed Goffin 4-0 in their head-to-head
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Roger Federer of Switzerland v Alexander Zverev of Germany - Rome,
Italy - 11/5/16 Federer serves. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
The Swiss, ranked three in the world, is also joined in the
quarter-finals by home favorite and eighth seed Philipp
Kohlschreiber, who downed lofty Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-7(7) 6-4 7-5
despite being on the receiving end of 26 aces.
(Reporting by Clare Lovell; Editing by Ian Chadband)
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