Federer beats Raonic in a three set battle to reach SFs in Halle

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Roger Federer battled his way through into the Gerry Weber Open semis after beating Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (4)  6-4  7-6 (3) in just under 2 hours.

Both players showed off their very effective serves in set 1 and with no break point opportunities on either side, the set went into a tiebreak. Just like in their Madrid Open encounter, Raonic took a lead in the match after 40 minutes of play.

Federer regained some momentum at the start of the second set as he took the Canadian’s serve in the opening game. This proved to be costly for Raonic and after the Swiss managed to keep his full concentration till the end, he closed out the set in 34 minutes, forcing a decider.

The third set was an exact copy of set 1 and with no breaks of serve, it all came down to a final tiebreak. Two mini breaks for the Swiss proved that he means business and wrapping up the match, he set up a semifinal encounter against Mikhail Youzhny, who overcame Radek Stepanek 6-4  4-6  6-4.

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