Federer beats defending champion Mayer to reach semifinals

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a backhand to beat Germany's Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal of the ATP tournament in Halle Germany Friday

Federer downs Mayer, into Halle semis

On the forthcoming clash with Federer, Zverev said, "Well, it's a final".

Roger Federer has reached yet another final this year at the Gerry Weber Open and is set to take on rising German Alexander Zverev as both men look to win their fourth title of the year.

Apart from that, the youngster has also defeated Federer at the Halle Open previous year in the semi-finals which was also his only win against him.

Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player left in the draw following the exits of Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic. "It was by far my best match of the week".

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"It's great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you've been playing good tennis all week", said Federer after improving to 4-0 in title matches this year, tied with Rafael Nadal for the tour lead. Federer, however, had no such trouble, coming through 6-3 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

Federer in his comeback match was defeated in Stuttgart, last week, but in this one he was aggressive from the start and getting the break in the first game.

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.

But the 18-time grand slam victor finally prevailed a game later with a forehand victor on his fourth match point.

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The 21-year-old Khachanov right hander, is now third in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, looking to qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan at the end of the year. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points.

Kvitova's left hand is still not fully recovered but she has shown very encouraging form since returning at the French Open and defeated World No.12 Mladenovic 6-4 7-6 (7-5). "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the 'breaker".

Visually, Federer's short-back-and-sides haircut has taken years off him.

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