Roger Federer will get another look at Alexander Zverev, this time in the 19-year-old’s home country in Germany Saturday. In the Halle quarterfinals today, Federer took care of David Goffin 6-1, 7-6(10).
“I thought it was my best match thus far,” said Federer who was down a break in the second as Goffin serves for the set. “It is a good win for me and I’m clearly very happy to be in the semis.”
Zverev ousted former Wimbledon semifinalist Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(9), 6-3. Federer beat Zverev two months ago in Rome but is wary of the wunderkind.
“I thought Zverev played well. He played a crucial huge first set,” Federer said. “Marcos should have won that but ended up losing it, the momentum goes Zverev’s way, one break and the match is over. So, credit to Zverev for getting the job done. He’s got a big serve, he’s got a nice backhand, he’s improving his forehand and he’s moving forward. He’s going to be a tough player in the future, no doubt about it.”
In the other semifinal, Dominic Thiem will meet German Florian Mayer.
Thiem, who’s been the busiest player on the tour this year, had a day off when his quarterfinal opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew with a hip injury.
Mayer, who is coming back from an adductor injury, defeated Andreas Seppi. Thiem has won 15 of his last 16 matches.
HALLE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
STADION start 12:00
Match of the Day –  R. Federer (SUI) vs A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 D. Thiem (AUT) vs [PR] F. Mayer (GER)
 H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs  L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT)
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