Roger Federer digs deep to reach Hamburg semis

The Swiss top seed dug deep to claim the third set against Germany's Florian Mayer for a 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-5 quarter-final victory.

updated: July 20, 2013 10:20 IST
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Hamburg: Roger Federer needed just under two hours to see off Germany's Florian Mayer in three-sets on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Hamburg claycourt tournament.

The Swiss top seed, playing his first tournament since his shock second-round exit at Wimbledon, dug deep to claim the third set for a 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-5 quarter-final victory.

Mayer, 45th in the world compared to Federer's fifth ranking, fired down six aces, three times more than the Swiss star, but Federer was strong where it counted, saving three of the five break points he faced in the third set.

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