18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer look so solid in Halle grass court season after his great performance against Mischa Zverev of Germany in the Gerry Weber Open.
Federer advanced to the quarterfinals in Halle for the 15th time after beating Zverev with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory. In addition, the 35-year-old secured a top four seeding at the All England Club moving ahead of compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the rankings for the third Grand Slam of the year.
The Swiss star veteran has now a 4-0 record against Zverev including a win this year in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
The eight-time Halle champion will now take on the defending champion Florian Mayer in the last eight for a place in the semifinals.
Mayer made it to the quarterfinals after he recovered from a set down to defeat the sixth seeded Lucas Pouille 6-7, (6-8), 6-4, 6-3.
Despite of having a 7-0 lead to Mayer in their head-to-head series, Federer knows that the 134th ranked German is very dangerous on the grass.
“Mayer plays very different to everyone else. He uses slice, he comes in, he chips and charges, he loops the ball and serves/volleys a little bit, so he’s really going to throw everything at me. I think he’s most dangerous on the grass. He’s a tough customer, plus he’s the defending champion. He hasn’t had the best season so far, so there is a lot riding on the match for him as well as for me because we both want to go deep into this tournament.”
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