Federer tops Jaziri after trouble in second set
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 17, 2016 01:10 PM
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during their 2nd round match at the Gerry Weber Open ATP tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) ORG XMIT: MME136(Photo: Martin Meissner, AP)
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a 4-1 deficit in the second set to beat Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday and stay on course for his ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open.
Federer caught up and broke serve for 6-5, before serving out the match. Jaziri sent a backhand wide on the first match point.
Jaziri actually hit two more winners than Federer but also had three more unforced errors.
Federer will play fifth-seeded David Goffin in the quarterfinals. Goffin was up 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 when Sergiy Stakhovsky retired with a back injury.
Earlier, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber endured 26 aces from Ivo Karlovic in winning 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-5.
Kohlschreiber will play third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals, a rematch of their showdown in the rain-delayed final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart that was completed on Monday. Thiem beat Kohlschreiber for his first title on grass.
Thiem breezed past Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1.
In other quarterfinals, Andreas Seppy plays Florian Mayer and Marcos Baghdatis meets Alexander Zverev.