In the biggest early round match of the week, Roger Federer meets rising youngest Milos Roanic in the quarterfinals at Halle on Friday.
Making his 2012 grass debut, Federer eased into a collision with the Canadian after a 6-4, 7-5 win over German Florida Mayer. Federer, a four-time Halle champion, was a semifinalist over the weekend at the French Open.
“I’m very happy with the way things went today,” said Federer.
“I felt I was focussed, was moving well and bascially, didn’t have any letdowns on my serve. I was able to create a few more chances than he did. I’m through with my first victory on grass this year and I hope it’s not my last.”
The 30-year-old Swiss, who signed a lifetime contract with the tournament, has a 37-4 event record and is looking to collect his first trophy at the tournament since triumphing in 2008 over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Federer leads Raonic 2-0 in their brief series. Federer has 103 career grass wins, Raonic has 5.
French Open champion Rafael Nadal begin his grass season on a positive note. The World No. 2 knocked out Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-1. The Spaniard, who’s playing Halle for just the second time, meets Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.
“At the beginning, it was more difficult to return. I tried to put more balls inside, trying to return with a bit of slice. That put me into a bit more of a rhythm,” said Nadal. “In the second set, I played with [fewer] mistakes, which is the most important thing. I’m happy. Every match here is very dangerous after playing on clay for two and a half months. Tomorrow will be another tough match.”
Nadal is 8-0 lifetime against Kohlschreiber, but thjis will be his first meeting against the German on grass.
“He’s a very complete player,” Nadal said. “I played him a few times. You cannot say his serve is not good. You cannot say his forehand is not good because he does everything well. He’s not the kind of player where you can say, I have to hit against his backhand because he will do mistakes. He has a good chance from every place.”
Also in the quarterfinals at Halle Tomas Berdych takes on veteran German favorite Tommy Haas and Mikhail Youzhny battles Radek Stepanek.
The upsets continued in Queen’s today as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fell to Ivan Dodig in a third-set tiebreak. More troubling for Tsonga was a finger injury he incurred late in the match.
”I think it’s serious,” Tsonga told the AP. ”I just fell down. That’s it. I didn’t do, you know, an exam for the moment, but it sounds very bad. I felt like I broke something or I stretched, you know, a lot of ligaments, I would say.”
Tsonga upset Federer last year at Wimbledon en route to the semifinals.
Former champion Sam Querrey and the promising Grigor Dimitrov, who upended Murray-killer Nicolas Mahut, were also winners.
“I think it was one of my best wins so far. I don’t mind the grass,” said Dimitrov. “I enjoy it, and, I mean, you cannot predict what’s going to happen every match, and there’s tons of different players that even though they’re not supposed to be good on grass they’re playing one of their best matches on grass.”
HALLE SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 15 JUNE, 2012
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
R Stepanek (CZE) vs M Youzhny (RUS)
 R Nadal (ESP) vs  P Kohlschreiber (GER)
 M Raonic (CAN) vs  R Federer (SUI)
 T Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] T Haas (GER)
QUEEN’S SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 15 JUNE, 2012
CENTRE start 11:00 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs  J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 12
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs  K Anderson (RSA)
 M Cilic (CRO) vs Y Lu (TPE) or  J Tipsarevic (SRB) – After Suitable Rest
S Querrey (USA) vs I Dodig (CRO)
 C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) / J Cerretani (USA) or  B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
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