Halle: Top seed Roger Federer weathered an inspired effort from Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to prevail on Friday 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Halle Open.
The Swiss improves his head to head record against Bautista Agut to 9-0.
Federer is through to his 15th Halle semi-final and is two matches away from his 10th title here, which would mark the first time he’s reached double digits in titles at an ATP Tour event.
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”He’s a top player and he has beaten top guys before, played good at big events, gives the best players a hard time and beats them sometimes.
You’ve got to expect him to come out there and play a tough match,” said Federer.
“He’s able to stay in the rallies on the grass court and he has a very dangerous forehand. I’m not surprised about the tough match and enjoyed the battle.”