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Federer reaches 15th Halle quarter-final

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"I think the second half of the season is going to be really, really interesting".

"Andy was exhausted after getting to No. 1 at the end of a year ago and then has been struggling with injuries", The Guardian quoted Federer as saying in Halle on Thursday before his fighting 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Mischa Zverev in the ongoing Gerry Weber Open.

It was his first win against the world number 56 in three attempts and came without a single break point conceded. While Zverev went 4-3 up, Federer reeled off the final four points to clinch the set. He's a tough customer, plus he's the defending champion.

Federer is on a comeback after taking a break for the entire claycourt season.

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.

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The 35-year-old has yet to drop a set after three matches in Halle this week while his win on Friday took his head-to-head record against Mayer to 8-0, with five of those wins coming on grass. The German has been a disappointment in every tournament he has played so far and has not managed to get past the second round in any of them.

It so happens that he finds himself up against one of the big servers among the new generation of players rising through the ranks, the big 21-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, who has already grown used to thumping a good number of aces in his short career.

"I'm very satisfied because Philipp is someone who can play very well on grass", Zverev told the official ATP website.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mischa Zverev's brother and fourth seed Alexander eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Paolo Lorenzi, while Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to defeat Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4.

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