Federer Advances In Halle; Russian Youngsters Khachanov, Rublev To Meet In QFs
by Staff | June 22nd, 2017, 3:34 pm

Eight-time champion Roger Federer rolled in the Halle quarterfinals Thursday with tight win over Mischa Zverev 7-6(4), 6-4.

Federer, who beat the German last year 6-0, 6-0, pulled ahead at 5-4 in the first set breaker, then got the only break of the match at 4-all in the second.

“He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn’t getting many looks,” Federer said. “It was important to stay calm after missing chances to win the set at 5-4. And it’s important to win ‘breakers. They are the sets you need to win to win tournaments. It felt like a close breaker that could have gone either way.

“After I got that in the bag I was really able to start to relax and really play and feel the way I want to feel out there. That’s the first time I’ve felt like that since Miami, so that’s a good sign looking ahead.”

Next for the Swiss is another German, Florian Mayer. Mayer, who won the title last year, ousted Lucas Pouille in three sets.

“It will be a different match. Flo has wonderful variations in his game,” said Federer who leads Mayer 7-0. “I have already had to play tough against him here. It will surely be a tough match.”

A pair of young Russians will meet in the quarterfinals Friday as 19-year-old Andrey Rublev takes on 21-year-old Karen Khachanov. Rublev beat countryman Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 while Khachanov advanced when Kei Nishikori retired with an apparent hip injury at 3-2 in the first set.

In the other two already-scheduled quarters, Alexander Zverev faces Roberto Bautista Agut and Richard Gasquet collides with Robin Haase.

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12 Comments for Federer Advances In Halle; Russian Youngsters Khachanov, Rublev To Meet In QFs

Miles Says:

Federer beat him 6.0 6.0 in 2013! Not last year!

skeezer Says:

Misha is having one of his best years, ranked in the 20’s. He got to the qtrs at AO going through Isner and Murray. The guy has got s&v. So expected this match to be tougher than before…
Onward Fed!

rombie Says:

federer will now be seeded 3 or 4 at wimbedon (same for nadal) and hence they can only meet in the finals at wimbledon!

Truthsquad Says:

Actually Nadal is ranked #2 and will get the #2d seed behind Murray. Federer is ranked #5, and while there is a possibility Wimbledon might seed him ahead of Wawrinka based on past history at the tournament its highly possible, in fact probable that they could meet in a semifinals

Daniel Says:

Wimbledon uses a specific formula were it adds the points of all grass tourneys of last year including this week (next week doesn’t count) plus 75% of best grass tourney in 2 years ago 2015. If Federer wins Halle he gets #2 seed and Djoko get #3. Djoko ois ahead of Nadal regardless of Ferer so Nadal can gets maximum #3 seed. If Fed doesn’t win Halle Nadal #3 and him #4 and they can only meet in finals. If Fed winsHalle, Fed #2 and Nadal #4 and they can meet in semis, depending on draw (50% chance).

Wimby seeds with grass points added, 2017, Wimby 2016 and Wimby 2015:

– Nadal: 7285 + 0 2017 + 0 Wimby 2016 + 0,75 x 45 = 33,75 (Wimby second round 2015) = 7318.75 pts

– Djokovic: 5805 + 0 2017 + 45 Wimby 2nd Round 2016 + 0,75 x 2000=1500 (wimby 2015) = 7350

– Federer: 4765 + 500 Halle ATP + 500 (last year grass) + 720 Wimby 2016 + 0,75 x 1200 *=(Wimby 2015 rup) = 900. Total: 7385 pts.

– Murray; more than 11,000 pts
– Fed: 7,385
– Djoko: 7.350
– Nadal: 7.318.75

Big 4 are guarantee top #4 seed regardless if Fed wins Wimbledon with his Halle QF.

Giles Says:

Daniel. According to this fed is 3 if he wins Halle.

Giles Says:

Daniel. Further confirmation that fed will be seeded #3 if he wins Halle!!!!!!!
NOT # 2

Tumi Says:

@Daniel, Novak got to the third round last year at Wimbledon so his Wimbledon adjusted points will be 7395, just ahead of the max that Fed can get of 7385. So Novak is guaranteed #2 seed. Federer is guaranteed top 4 but if he wins Halle will be seeded #3.

Daniel Says:

You guys are right, why do I had Novak losing second round in Wimby?! I think because he lost AO second round. As he lost third round Federer can´t catch him even with Halle win. So Fedal can only meet in finals as they will be #3 and #4 depednign on Fed´s Halle;

Question will be in which side Federer lands? Murray or Djoko.

Federer just beat Mayer in straights and is in semis. 2 more wins to get Wimby seed #3 and fourth title of the season and 16th title on grass, and decrease the big gap Nadal has on race points.

Wimbledon will be key for his chances of getting batc to #1

Willow Says:

Dont know where to put this but Dan Evans failed a drug test, tested positive for cocaine hmm ….

RZ Says:

@Willow – all I can say about Dan Evans is that stupid is as stupid does.

Taz Says:

Here’s hoping for Fed to go all the way! To me, it would be the greatest to see him get another major and Wimbledon, at that! Go Roger!

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