Roger Federer gained revenge on Ernests Gulbis for a French Open loss last year, sending off the Latvian 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Friday quarterfinals in Halle.
“It is a grass-court match and he’s got a big serve, so regardless of what his level is, he’s always going to be tough for himself and for the opponent,” said Federer. “I served well when I had to and I’m pleased about the overall performance today.”
Federer will face Florian Mayer in the quarters.
“I think that he didn’t play that bad at all against Kohli, said Mayer. “I have to say that Kohli really played an unbelievably great match. First, he has to beat Gulbis. You never know with Gulbis. Anything can happen. But sure, if it is going to be Roger we all know that he is the absolute favourite, will have nothing to lose and also will play accordingly.”
The struggling Gulbis dropped to 4-14 on the year. He currently ranks 86th.
Tomas Berdych also rolled, crushing teen Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2.
In Queen’s, French Open Stan Wawrinka missed a sitter set point in the second breaker in a 7-6(4), 7-6(11) loss to Kevin Anderson.
It was Wawrinka’s fourth straight defeat at the hands of the South African.
“I felt I was serving really well,” said Anderson. “Grass definitely helps a little bit, especially on some of the wide serves. I felt a very good serving performance by me today. Just kept patient throughout. Especially in that second set, I found I was having quite a few chances on his serve. He was able to hit through. Sometimes it’s tricky to refocus on your serve, but I felt I did a really good job with that today.
“I just feel like I play good tennis against him. I can take a lot of confidence from that and take that same sort of belief against some of the other top guys.”
Earlier Gilles Simon stopped Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-2. Simon’s countryman Richard Gasquet fell to Milos Raonic in three.
And a day after upsetting Rafael Nadal, Alexandr Dolgopolov met his fate at the racquet of Guillermo Garcia Lopez who avenged his countryman’s loss 6-3, 7-6(4).
Tomorrow, 3-time champion Andy Murray returns against the dangerous Fernando Verdasco. Marin Cilic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov are also in action.
THURSDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADION start 12:00 noon
J. Janowicz (POL) vs [Q] A. Falla (COL)
[WC] D. Brown (GER) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
 T. Robredo (ESP) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
Not Before 5:30 pm
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs  G. Monfils (FRA)
THURSDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
G. Muller (LUX) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
 A. Murray (GBR) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
J. Isner (USA) vs  F. Lopez (ESP)
 M. Cilic (CRO) vs V. Troicki (SRB)
M. Lopez (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) vs  D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND)
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