Ebden seen off by Federer in Halle

Roger Federer '10 cm more and I would have been out'

Roger Federer '10 cm more and I would have been out'

The 21-year-old Coric, who defeated second seed Alexander Zverev earlier this week, advanced after playing just five games of his semi-final against Robert Bautista Agut.

Federer extended his grass-court winning streak to 18 matches, including his titles in Stuttgart last week and at Halle and Wimbledon past year. It will be his second final in as many weeks.

Victory in Halle would give Federer his 99th career title.

Federer, who won the opening set with back-to-back aces, fell 4-0 down in the second set as Paire rallied.

Federer, targeting a record-extending 10th victory in Halle, began his grass-court campaign with a maiden title in Stuttgart last week and extended his unbeaten winning streak on the surface to 19 matches with a 7-6 [7-2] 7-5 win.

Shaqiri and Xhaka's pro-Kosovo goal celebrations criticised
Croatia's FA was fined 13,000 Swiss francs after its fans were involved in fights and throwing of objects during the same game. Brazil and Switzerland both have 4 points, with the latter playing against Costa Rica, who have collected no points thus far.

Federer insists this is to be expected, though, after sitting out the clay-court season and then returning to play two tournaments in two weeks on grass.

The Swiss player will now look to continue his winning momentum in the semi-final match scheduled to happen on June 23. His famous one-handed backhand was on fire, striking down winners and passing shots from all corners of the court.

Federer took his first match point for a meeting with American qualifier Denis Kudla. In the second set, it went a bit back and forth and sometimes it was frustrating.

Nonetheless, the top-seeded Federer - a 20-time Grand Slam champion - kept the upset bug at bay by pulling off 7-6 7-5 conquest of 109-ranked Kudla.

The 36-year-old saved two break points in the fourth game before raising his game to save a further three opportunities in the seventh game as Kudla's consistency from the baseline frustrated Federer.

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