Roger Federer eases into final four by beating Florian Mayer in Halle

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The outgunned world number 134 resorted to trick shots late in the second set, briefly befuddling Federer with forehand slices, followed by a disguised cross-court forehand victor, which he swatted past the favourite to the delight of the crowd.

Roger Federer moved a step closer to winning a ninth Gerry Weber Open title by beating Mischa Zverev to reach the quarter-finals after Kei Nishikori suffered another injury setback just 11 days before Wimbledon gets under way. He's a tough customer, plus he's the defending champion.

The 18-time grand slam champion, whose last title at Halle was in 2015, skipped the entire clay court season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, to prepare for grass.

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Again the Swiss had the chance to close out the match with Mayer serving at 3-5, but in the end, Federer had to do it with balls in his hand, and did so easily, 6-4.

The Swiss, who lost his first comeback match in Stuttgart last week, is still lacking some game sharpness and squandered three set points at 5-4 in the first set of an entertaining serve-and-volley encounter.

Federer started this tournament with his 1,100 match-win-he now trails only Jimmy Connors in that statistic-and he is rushing towards another remarkable milestone.

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The 19-year-old Rublev, who received a wild card for the grass-court tournament, will face another Russian in Karen Khachanov in the next round.

"I've played one set against him in practice this week". I don't know him that well yet so it's a match where I'll most likely focus on my own game. The 35-year-old tennis great is surging in 2017.

Zverev will now play Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who needed three sets to beat Dustin Brown 6-4 1-6 7-6 (8/6).

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