Semifinal Streaks and Setbacks: Day 8 in Halle

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Semifinal day at the Gerry Weber Open saw Roger Federer navigate his way through an ace-filled onslaught at the hands of Ivo Karlovic, to move into yet another final in Halle. The day ended on a poor note for No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori, who had to retire early in his match with a calf injury — opening the door for Andreas Seppi to move into the biggest final of his career.

First up on Centre Court was defending champion Roger Federer, facing the ominous task of ace-machine Ivo Karlovic. During his quarterfinal win, the Croat had served 45 aces to take out No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych and set an ATP record in the process. In yesterday’s press conference, the World No. 2 was already expecting a match that would be very serve-reliant without a plentitude of rallies.

Their semifinal meeting turned out to be exactly that as Federer found it difficult to get a…

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