Roger Federer posted wins in both singles and doubles Thursday at the Gerry Weber Open. The Swiss maestro, seeking his seventh title in Halle, needed three sets to move past Joao Sousa before teaming up with Swiss Davis Cup teammate Marco Chiudinelli and advancing into the semifinals in doubles.
The 32-year-old Swiss let the first set slip in a tiebreak before gaining control in the second set, settling in and strategically maneuvering his opponent around the court. Using his grass court game, Federer jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set, and advanced with a 6-7 (8) 6-4 6-2 victory over Sousa in 1 hour 50 minutes. He will face Yen-Hsen Lu in Friday’s quarterfinals.
In doubles, Federer and Chiudinelli coasted to a solid 6-3 6-3 win over Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo in 53 minutes. After receiving a walkover in their opening match, the Swiss duo is into the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open, which will be played on Saturday.