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Tennis: Federer cruises past Gulbis into last eight at Halle

Reuters , Wednesday 17 Jun 2015
Roger Federer
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during their 2nd round match at the Gerry Weber Open ATP (Photo: AP)
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World number two Roger Federer comfortably beat Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3 7-5 on Wednesday to move into the last eight of the Halle Open where he will meet Germany's Florian Mayer.

The 17-times grand slam winner, preparing for Wimbledon's grass courts, got his first break when Gulbis sent a forehand long to go 4-2 up. He easily held serve to bag the first set.

The pair traded blows in the second set before Federer again broke Gulbis with the world number 86 double faulting at 5-5.

The defending champion, who has won the tournament seven times, fired a forehand winner on his first match point to set up a quarter-final meeting with the German.

Czech Tomas Berdych, the third seed, also advanced, beating Croatian teenager Borna Coric in straight sets, losing just two points on his first serve in the entire match.

Ivo Karlovic also booked a last eight spot with a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3 victory over German Alexander Zverev.

Second seed Kei Nishikori is in action on Thursday against Dustin Brown.

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