Federer To Play Goffin In Halle QFs

Federer leads Goffin 4-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head

Top seed and eight-time champion Roger Federer advanced to the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals for the 14th successive time on Thursday by beating Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5 in 69 minutes.

“I thought he was reading my serve throughout the first set. So, I started to serve a little bit different in the second set. I was having more success that way,” Federer said. “I was happy to come through a tough match because I thought he’s tough to play against. I struggled to read his technique, the way he gets into the ball I can’t really tell where he goes...

“I wish I could have played maybe a bit better at times but I must put it down to my opponent keeping me off balance as well. He was doing a really nice job of making me feel uncomfortable for a while.”

Federer broke Jaziri for a 5-3 lead in the 29-minute first set and then recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the second set for his 53rd match win at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament.

"I’ve not been feeling great on the return here," said Federer. "In Stuttgart, it was actually much better where the conditions I think were more difficult to return in. So, I hope tomorrow is going to be a better day on the return."

Federer goes on to face fifth seed David Goffin, who booked his spot in the last eight when qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky retired due to a back injury early in the deciding set. Goffin had saved 12 of 14 break points to lead 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 after one hour and 47 minutes of play.

The Swiss superstar leads Goffin 4-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head, including a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win in this year's Australian Open fourth round.

Goffin is currently a career-high No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, following a quarter-final run at Roland Garros. "The goal before the season was to win some matches against big players, Top 10 players and I beat some good guys like Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic in the United States," he said. "And after that it gave me some confidence. So, now I have more confidence and I’m ready for the rest of the season to try to break the Top 10."

QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: Eight-time champion Roger Federer faces in-form David Goffin, then doubles partners Dominic Thiem and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet for the second time in less than a week as part of the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals on Friday. The top-seeded Federer is 4-0 versus Goffin, riding a 28-match win streak against Belgians and has reached the semi-finals or better in each of his last 11 Halle appearances. Goffin, who grew up idolizing Federer, needs to defeat the Swiss for the first time to keep his hopes alive of breaking into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.

Thiem and Kohlschreiber follow in their third meeting of the year in Germany. Kohlschreiber edged Thiem to win the Munich title on May 1 before the Austrian avenged himself in a Stuttgart final that spanned June 12-13. Thiem, who leads the ATP World Tour with 47 wins, is 19-1 in deciding sets this season (19-21 prior). His only loss of 2016 in a deciding set was to Kohlschreiber in the Munich final. Thiem and Kohlschreiber teamed in doubles and lost match tiebreakers in the first round of Halle and Stuttgart.

The other quarter-finals feature four unseeded players. First up, 2007 finalist Marcos Baghdatis takes on 19-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany. Currently ranked a career-high No. 38, Zverev leads all ‘Next Generation’ players with 25 wins this season. In the final match of the day, 2015 finalist Andreas Seppi meets Florian Mayer, who is appearing in his sixth Halle quarter-final and seeking his first semi-final.

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