Roger Federer saves match points to beat Benoit Paire in Halle Open


ROGER FEDERER dropped his first set to Benoit Paire and was forced to save two match points but beat the Frenchman to reach the Halle Open quarter-finals.

In their previous five meetings, Federer won every match and didn’t drop a set.

And the 36-year-old, a nine-time champion in Halle, looked set for a comfortable afternoon after winning the opening set 6-3.

But Paire bounced back impressively to break Federer twice and open a 4-0 lead in the second set.

Federer was able to retrieve one of the breaks but Paire kept his composure to win the set 6-3 with some big serving in key moments and force a third set.

Benoit Paire gave Federer a scare

In the deciding set, Federer and Paire held serve impressively and the match went into a tie-break.

Federer was forced to save match points at 5-6 and then 6-7 in the breaker but came through to win his 18th consecutive grass-court match.

Federer will next play Australian Matthew Ebden in the quarter-finals on Friday afternoon.

Ebden caused an upset today when he beat Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-1 6-2.

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