Tennis roundup: Roger Federer tops Malek Jaziri
Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a 4-1 deficit in the second set to beat Malek Jaziri, 6-3, 7-5, on Thursday and stay on course for his ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
Federer caught up and broke serve for 6-5, before serving out the match. Jaziri sent a backhand wide on the first match point.
Jaziri actually hit two more winners than Federer but also had three more unforced errors.
Federer will play fifth-seeded David Goffin in the quarterfinals. Goffin was up, 4-6, 7-5, 2-0, when Sergiy Stakhovsky retired with a back injury.
Earlier, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber endured 26 aces from Ivo Karlovic in winning, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-5.
Kohlschreiber will play third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. Thiem breezed past Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-4, 6-1.
QUEEN’S CLUB: Andy Murray kept on track to claim a record fifth title at by beating fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals at London.
American John Isner fired 43 aces and held 10 match points but failed to overcome Gilles Muller of Luxembourg as he slumped to a 3-6, 7-6 (16), 7-6 (7) defeat.
Third seeded Canadian Milos Raonic advanced by defeating Czech Jiri Vesely, 7-5, 7-6 (6), and Australian Bernard Tomic overcame Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4.
AEGON CLASSIC: Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, suffered a blow to her bid for a third title when she joined a list of well-known names who have been beaten amidst the rainstorms at Birmingham, England.
Kvitova lost, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, to Jelena Ostapenko, the promising world number 38 from Latvia.
Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was beaten, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, by Yanina Wickmayer, ranked 49th but a former finalist.
MALLORCA OPEN: Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic cruised into the quarterfinals by beating Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, 6-1, 6-0.
Ivanovic conceded only seven points on her first serve, and set up her second quarterfinal of the season against another local, Caroline Garcia. Garcia beat Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany, 6-4, 7-6 (8).