TennisSaturday, June 14, 2014
Federer through to Halle semis
HALLE, Germany — Roger Federer progressed to the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open without playing after Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan pulled out of their quarterfinal with back problems yesterday.
Federer, who began his preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Portugal’s João Sousa on Thursday, compensated by playing an exhibition against Christopher Kas, a German player who is 78th in the doubles rankings.
The seven-time Wimbledon winner next faces the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, who saved the five break points he faced in a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory over Steve Johnson of the US.
Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber booked his semifinal place with a hard-fought 6-4 5-7 7-6 (18-16) victory over German compatriot Dustin Brown. Brown ousted top-ranked Rafael Nadal on Thursday.
Kohlschreiber will next face Alejandro Falla of Colombia, who defeated German wild card Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2).
In London, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka continued his quest for a fourth title this year by beating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 7-5 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Queen’s Club tournament, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. He will face fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. Spanish left-hander Feliciano López held off a strong second set challenge to upset second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-6 (9-7), and will play against another Czech, Radek Stepanek.