Roger Federer reaches quarter-finals at Halle Open
Last Updated: 17/06/15 6:43pm
Roger Federer continued the defence of his Halle Open title with a second round win over Ernests Gulbis.
The top seed was beaten by the Latvian in their previous meeting at last year's French Open, but refused to allow a repeat as he closed out a 6-3 7-5 win in Germany.
Federer, who has already won the trophy on seven occasions, was gifted a crucial break in the second set when Gulbis double faulted and he calmly served out for a place in the quarter-final.
After surviving a scare against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federer made far more comfortable progress against a foe who had troubled him in the past.
Gulbis had won two of their four matches, extending the Swiss star to at least three sets on every occasion, but the world No 2 ruthlessly claimed the opening set after snatching a break.
He only required one more timely break in the second set, with Gulbis miscuing a serve while under concerted pressure, and Federer will next meet home favourite Florian Mayer.
The German claimed a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) win over Steve Johnson, which featured a string of thrilling rallies, and he was joined in the next stage by third seed Tomas Berdych, who overcame Borna Coric with a 6-3 6-2 win.