Halle Open: Federers winning run continues, reaches semi-final

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Federer, already a nine-time victor in Halle, needed one hour and 29 minutes to defeat the 25-year-old Kudla 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 and set up a final meeting with Borna Coric of Croatia, who advanced after Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut retired injured during the first set of their semi-final.

With Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem already out of the competition, Federer's path towards a second consecutive Halle title is clearing - and that continued on Thursday.

Borna Coric will now face Federer in the final after Roberto Bautista Agut was forced to retire with an injury after a nasty fall, with the Spaniard leading 3-2 in the first set.

"You need to take the right decisions along the way", Federer said of the dramatic tiebreaker.

Federer managed to defeat the United States' Denis Kudla 7-6 (7-1), 7-5, to extend his grass-court winning streak to 20 victories while reaching his 12th Halle Open final. "So I am of course very glad to have made it".




"I'm just hoping to play another good match in the final". "I played Davis Cup there in 2006 and I know the courts and facilities there are excellent".

With AP Photos.Defending champion Roger Federer has defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open.

The Swiss great dictated the tie-break, though, easing into a 3-0 lead and claiming another two mini-breaks to take the opening set.

"I think in that match I played nearly flawless", Coric said looking back to Indian Wells. The Aussie fired seven aces while breaking four times.

The American was another straight-sets victor, dispatching of Yuichi Sugita - who had knocked out French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in round two - 6-2 7-5.

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