Federer advances to Halle quarters

Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open following an impressive straight set win over Mischa Zverev on Thursday.

The Swiss Maestro needed 90 minutes on the grass courts of the German city to defeat the local hopeful 7-6(4), 6-4.

In a match dominated by serve, Federer was better in the clutch moments, converting pressure into points when it counted. 

At 5-4 down in the opening set, Zverev would rally to save three set points to eventually force a tiebreaker. While Zverev went 4-3 up, Federer reeled off the final four points to clinch the set. 

The second set saw just one break, after the wich the top seed went on to serve out the match. Federer is chasing a record eighth title in Halle, first winning at the venue in 2003.

The victory books in a date with Florian Meyer, who came back from a set down to defeat Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 in a touch under two hours.

Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori was forced to retire due to a back injury while down 3-2 in the opening set, meaning world number 38 Karen Khachanov advances.

Finally, in an all-Russian affair Andrey Rublev defeated Mikhail Touzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.