Roger Federer resumes his bid for a ninth Halle title Friday in the Halle quarterfinals against David Goffin.
Federer advanced to his 14th straight tournament quarterfinal beating Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5. Federer, though, was down a break in the second set 3-0.
“I thought he was reading my serve throughout the first set. So, I started to serve a little bit different in the second set. I was having more success that way,” Federer said. “I was happy to come through a tough match because I thought he’s tough to play against. I struggled to read his technique, the way he gets into the ball I can’t really tell where he goes.
“I wish I could have played maybe a bit better at times but I must put it down to my opponent keeping me off balance as well. He was doing a really nice job of making me feel uncomfortable for a while.”
Goffin got a third set retirement from Sergiy Stakhovsky. Federer has won four meetings with the Belgian.
Dominic Thiem and Philipp Kohlschreiber were also winners on Thursday, and now they will meet in the quarterfinals.
Kohlschreiber edged Thiem to win the Munich title on May 1 before the Austrian avenged himself in a Stuttgart final that spanned June 12-13. Thiem and Kohlschreiber teamed in doubles and lost match tiebreakers in the first round of Halle and Stuttgart.
Also tomorrow, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev faces Marcos Baghdatis and Florian Mayer faces Andreas Seppi.
HALLE FRIDAY SCHEDULE
STADION start 12:00
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs A. Zverev (GER)
Match of the Day –  R. Federer (SUI) vs  D. Goffin (BEL)
 P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs  D. Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 5:30 pm
A. Seppi (ITA) vs [PR] F. Mayer (GER)
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