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Federer struggles before reaching Halle quarter-finals


Roger Federer came through a difficult match against Czech qualifier Jan Vacek 7-5 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Federer faced surprisingly strong resistance from the 342nd-ranked Czech qualifier. The top-ranked player needed a crosscourt volley to break serve for a decisive 4-3 lead in the second set.

"It was difficult," Federer said. "When it happens - you can't play your game and it isn't working - then it's a surprise. It was an awkward sort of match." "On the easy wins you feel good and don't think about it; on the hard ones you think about what you have to do better."

Federer traditionally uses Halle as a warm-up for Wimbledon and has won four titles at the event, going on to win Wimbledon three weeks later each time.


(source BBC, photo/AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz via Yahoo Sports)

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Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 12, 2008 at 2:02pm
uh oh, is the great Fed slipping? I dunno if I'm going to pick him the Wimby pick-em contest.

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