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Federer pushed again, makes Halle semis

Roger Federer celebrates after he beats Matthew Ebden during their match at the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, Friday, June 22, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

HALLE, Germany (AP) Roger Federer defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open grasscourt event on Friday.

The defending champion was made to work hard by Ebden, who saved five of the eight break points he faced and led 5-3 in the second set.

Federer, who saved two match points against Benoit Paire the day before, recovered to go 6-5 up and then broke serve to set up a meeting with American qualifier Denis Kudla, who beat Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 7-5.

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