Federer battles into 15th Halle semifinal

 

Federer battles into 15th Halle semifinal

Halle - Federer is chasing a record-extending tenth title on the Halle grass as he warms up for Wimbledon next month

By AFP

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Published: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 11:15 PM

Last updated: Sat 22 Jun 2019, 1:21 AM

Roger Federer's resolve was tested again on Friday as he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last four of the ATP event in Halle for the 15th time.
World number three Federer is chasing a record-extending tenth title on the Halle grass as he warms up for Wimbledon next month, but has had to scrap to stay in the tournament this week.
He prevailed in a gruelling three-set encounter with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, and was taken the distance again by Bautista Agut in Friday's quarterfinal.
The Swiss next faces Andy Murray's Wimbledon doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Saturday's semifinals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has now reached the last four in each of his last 15 appearances at Halle since losing to Pat Rafter in the 2001 quarters.
The 37-year-old will be aiming for his ninth Wimbledon triumph in July, having seen Rafael Nadal cut his lead in the all-time Grand Slam title winners' list to two with victory at the French Open earlier this month, when the Spaniard beat Federer in the semifinals.
Herbert won the first set of his quarterfinal 7-5 against reigning champion Borna Coric, before the Croatian retired with a back problem.
The 28-year-old Frenchman said that he felt an "unbelievable energy" going into his first-ever meeting with Federer.
 


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