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Federer reaches 13th semifinal in Halle

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a backhand to beat Germany's Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal of the ATP tournament in Halle, Germany, Friday, June 23, 2017. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

HALLE, Germany (AP) Roger Federer defeated defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his 13th semifinal at the Gerry Weber Open on Friday.

Federer, an eight-time champion in Halle, hit 11 aces, saved both break points he faced, and converted two of his own to maintain his bid for his 16th grass-court title.

He next faces Karen Khachanov, who defeated Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.

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