Fed­erer reaches fi­nal in Ger­many

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - Wire re­ports

Roger Fed­erer will bid for a record eighth Gerry We­ber Open ti­tle when he plays Italy’s An­dreas Seppi af­ter ad­vanc­ing Satur­day to his 10th fi­nal.

Fed­erer de­feated big-serv­ing Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), while Seppi won the other semi­fi­nal in Halle, Ger­many, af­ter sec­ond-seeded Kei Nishikori pulled out be­cause of a left calf in­jury while trail­ing, 4-1. Seppi also had a short quar­ter­fi­nal Fri­day when fourth-seeded Gael Mon­fils pulled out with a right knee in­jury as the 45th-ranked Ital­ian led, 6-1,1-0.

Top-seeded Andy Mur­ray’s bid to reach the fi­nal at Queen’s Club in Lon­don ended in frus­tra­tion when his semi­fi­nal against Ser­bia’s Vik­tor Troicki was sus­pended in the first set be­cause of rain.

Troicki fought off five break points at 3-3, and Mur­ray earned a sixth when his op­po­nent fell and in­jured his left shoul­der on the grass court as he net­ted the ball. The 25th-ranked Troicki re­ceived treat­ment but rain pre­vented fur­ther points be­ing played. The match will re­sume Sun­day morn­ing.

Await­ing the win­ner in Sun­day’s fi­nal is un­seeded South African Kevin An­der­son, who beat

Gilles Si­mon of France, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Re­pub­lic reached her first grass-court fi­nal when she beat

Kristina Mlade­n­ovic of France, 6-2, 7-6 (6), in the Ae­gon Clas­sic in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land. An­gelique

Ker­ber won the other semi­fi­nal against Ger­man com­pa­triot Sabine Lisicki, the for­mer Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist, 6-3, 6-3.

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