Aside from a few too many double faults, Roger Federer played a much cleaner match Wednesday in Halle to defeat Ernests Gulbis in straight sets. The Swiss maestro was solid all around, as his Latvian foe was often taken out of rhythm by the Swiss army knife class of slices thrown around by the 7-time champion. Federer hit three aces and four double faults, but managed to dictate play with his inside out forehand and won 85% of points on his first serve. He saved both break points faced and converted two of five of his own opportunities.
Federer converted his second break at an opportunistic moment, at 5-all in the second set. Serving comfortably throughout the match, he quickly sealed his place in the Gerry Weber Open quarterfinals with a 6-3 7-5 victory. The 33-year-old Swiss hit 19 winners to 13 unforced errors and won 11 of 12 points at net.