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Roger Federer reaches Mercedes Cup semifinals

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Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photo by Ray Stubblebine/UPI
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Top-seeded Roger Federer earned a spot in the Mercedes Cup semifinals with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1) victory over German qualifier Florian Mayer on Friday.

Federer delivered 15 aces while being tested by Mayer. The Swiss standout hasn't won a title yet this season while dealing with back and knee injuries.

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Federer will have to get past third-seeded Dominic Thiem to reach the title match. The Austrian recovered from a shaky start to defeat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany also reached the semifinals by defeating Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5. Kohlschreiber will face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, who upset fourth-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-0.

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Gilles Muller recovered from a first-set loss to knock off top-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to reach the semifinals of the Ricoh Open at The Hague, Netherlands.

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Muller, of Luxembourg, used 17 aces in his upset of the Spaniard. Muller will face third-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the semifinals.

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Karlovic, of Croatia, was a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 winner over France's Adrian Mannarino. Fifth-seeded Sam Querrey cruised past fellow American Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-0 and will face eighth-seeded Nicolas Mahut of France in the other semifinal. Mahut stunned second-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2.

In women's play, top-seeded Belinda Bencic had to fight off fellow Switzerland native Viktorija Golubic to post a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) victory to reach the semifinals.

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After escaping against the qualifier, Benecic will face third-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France. Mladenovic defeated Belgium qualifier Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3.

Sixth-seeded American Coco Vandeweghe beat Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 and will face American Madison Brengle in the other semifinal. Brengle was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova.

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