Federer Into Halle SFs To Face Khachanov, Zverev Will Meet Gasquet
by Staff | June 23rd, 2017, 6:58 pm

Roger Federer rolled into his 13th Halle semifinal with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over defending champion Florian Mayer on Friday.

“It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court,” Federer said. “And then having good footwork, to see the short ball, the floater, where I can come in and knock it off with a volley. I think I did it very well. I had lots of chances to even go up a double break in the second set.

“I thought I was very calm out there, even in difficult moments. I was calm serving out the first and second sets. Those are always signs for me that things are slowly starting to fall into place nicely.”

Federer, who is seeking a ninth Halle title, now runs up against 21-year-old phenom Karen Khachanov after the Russian ousted his countryman Andrey Rublev 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3.

“It will be interesting,” Federer said of Khachanov. “He plays a bit different on the serve and the forehand, which is different to the regular forehand technique we see. He’s big and strong and seems super excited to be on tour and he’s working hard. I don’t know him that well yet so it’s a match where I’ll most likely focus on my own game. Make sure I serve well, because he can go through spells where he can serve big. It could be somewhat similar to how I played today.”

Two more three setters were fought on the day. Alexander Zverev came back to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-1 and Richard Gasquet went the distance against Robin Haase in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory.

“I started being more aggressive and tried to go for shots more if you rally with him on the baseline especially on grass because the shots are so flat it’s very difficult,” said Zverev. “I just wanted to be more aggressive, try more things.

“It felt like I was better than him the whole second set. I had more chances than him on his serve. And I looked at the stats: I only lost three points on my serve in total in the second set. That was very important to feel very comfortable going into the tie-break.”

STADION start 1:05 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 4:00pm
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

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32 Comments for Federer Into Halle SFs To Face Khachanov, Zverev Will Meet Gasquet

skeezer Says:

Ya mon! Fed sharping the Iron. Get er done Maestro whilst Humble is sleeping with his new Clay bed.

chrisford1 Says:

If one thing could redeem Djokovic in the eyes of many of his fans is if he pulled his head out of his ass just in time to nail Roger again at Wimbledon.
Failing there, less important but very pleasing would be a Cincinnati title, another USO, a WTF.
The year is not done yet, but Pepe, Marco, and Jelena are not done negatively influencing him yet either.
For Fed fans, his strong showing in Halle shows he is still in good form after avoiding the clay season.

skeezer Says:

“If one thing could redeem Djokovic…”
It could start if “Djoker” wasn’t worried about posts in a Fed thread.

Humble Rafa Says:

Uncle Toni says Bein network is only available in Kazakhstan. He knows everything, so it must be true.

kjb Says:

Zverev is going to be the top dog one day in the not to distant future. The 3rd set against RBA today was insane.

chrisford1 Says:

Oh, it was about Federer and Djokovic…cat man ….And I added at the end that Fed is looking in fine form and didn’t get rusty taking clay season off..

Giles Says:

Tipping young Zverev to lift the trophy if he gets thru Gasquet

FedExpress Says:

Fed broken when serving for the match.

He has a habit to lose almost won matches this season.

FedExpress Says:

Its just astonishing that all the lost matches this season he should have won.

FedExpress Says:

Federer choking hard.

FedExpress Says:

WOOWWWWWWWWWW. WTF is happening.

FedExpress Says:

Why go to the FH everytime?

this is donskey all over again. Why isnt he learning? why so stubborn?

FedExpress Says:

Federer choke special coming up.

FedExpress Says:


jatin Says:

Fed express, Fed won :)
And isn’t it astonishing that he had match points in the only two matches he lost this season.
Nobody came close to beating him this year when he was on his game.

Its Another Halle final. Yeeeeee

Humble Rafa Says:

Folks, get your heart medication. Tell you doctor, have the ambulance on standby for Wimbledon. Also tell your relatives. You will need support from every direction.

Toilet Break Says:


Why ? Is Nadal getting injured again before the grass n hard court season ?

skeezer Says:

^Blog litter strikes again.

Fed into the finals. Nice!

pitchaboy Says:

Humble will be on stroke alert for Wimbledon beginning 2nd round.

Okiegal Says:

@Humble 9:08…….Speaking of heart medication ……..gotta take mine asap…. watching Lopez aka Deliciano at Queens. ❤️ thumping…… VAMOS FELI !!!!! Show the youngster how it’s done!!

J-Kath Says:

Okie: Grigor ain’t so much of a youngster these days – he’s the lost generation. The new generation are 18; 21 etc. Love the young Canadian (18) and the young Russian (21). So keep calm Lopez will will win. PS: Expecting a cat-fight between you and Judy Murray…….smile, smile.

FedExpress Says:

You have to admire Zverev what he is doing at his young age.

He achieved more at this age than Thiem, Nishikori, Berdych, Tsonga, etc and the next gen players (whose majority is older than him) were at the same age.

Alone the thought that he can improve a lot is a scary thought.

But tomorrow should be Federers day and title number 92 and victory #1100.

Come on Fed.

Humble Rafa Says:

Deliciano belongs to Mr. Judy Murray. We have to respect that.

Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath 1:21……….CLAWS POLISHED and DAZZLING IN THE SUN…. .well, wet if it keeps raining!! Lol Let’s see about emojis…ummm…..🐈☔️🐀 (Judy is the rat…..for butting into my buziness) LOL

Okiegal Says:

Shut up Humble…..tend to your own business….this fight is between me and Jydy Judy Judy…..in my best Cary Grant impersonation… ha ha!! I didn’t learn that from Joker either!! Lol

What is rather strange about all if this is…..Judy doesn’t even have a clue we’re at odds over this…..LOL!

J-Kath Says:

Well done Okiegal – You won.
Judy didn’t have a chance – she’s back in her white transport van consoling herself with the Queen’s token recognition gesture. (PS: She knew something was up!!!!!!!!!)

Okiegal Says:

@JK…….Grigor turned 26 in May and Feli will be 36 in September……10 yrs difference in their ages ….. so compared to Feli, Grigor is the youngster…….. he’s easy on the 👁👁 too…….I like him and his playing style. Seems to have a cute personality also!…….

Willow Says:

Okie watch your blood pressure lol ….

J-Kath Says:

Yep Okiegal: Unfortunately there is 10 years difference as you say – but to be honest I think Feli is like Roger – having the last taste of their “salad days”. And Feli particularly has surprised me.

Grigor in his late-twenties has never made the last 8 year-end finalists (was in the substitute category) and is a felicious (sorri meant delicious player- giggle, giggle) and while he may take the 5% leap that he needs there are so many new, younger exciting players on the tennis map ….-

In the same way I’ve discounted Nishikori, David Goffin,
Edmunds, Kyrios, Milos and a few others I discount Grigor even with all his extra style…..he is magnificent often but hasn’t got what it takes to be a consistent winner.

Okiegal Says:

@JK……..You hit the nail on the head with just one word

Okiegal Says:

Oops sent this before I finished……the one word is CONSISTENCY!!! Players have to be constant……

@Willow….my mega doses of meds takes care of my blood pressure that is brought on by the Felicianos and Sellecks of the world…..so no worries…… I’ll be fine!

Okiegal Says:

@JK…..you’re so right…….Judy didn’t have a chance!! Lol

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