Federer, Zverev reach Halle semis

Roger Federer reached the semi-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Friday to set up a semi-final clash against Alexander Zverev of Germany.

The top-seed Swiss defeated fifth seed David Goffin of Belgium 6-1, 7-6 (12-10), while Zverev beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6 (11-9) 6-3.

Federer took a 3-0 lead in the opening set after breaking Goffin’s serve in the first game in a set where there were a total of five breaks of serve, four of them to Federer. The Swiss won the set 6-1 in 21 minutes.

In the second set, there were serve breaks midway through the set before Goffin broke Federer again to serve for the set leading 5-4.

But the Belgian could not convert his set point in the next game and Federer managed to break back to eventually take the set to a tie-break.

Goffin had four set points in the tie-break but was unable to clinch any of them, allowing Federer to win the match and breaker 12-10.

Elsewhere, third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria reached the semi-finals when German eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew prior to the match with a left hip injury.

Thiem moves on to face Germany’s Florian Mayer, who was a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 winner over Andreas Seppi.

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