Roger Federer Eases Past Malek Jaziri in Halle Open Rd 2

Updated: 17 June 2016 08:21 IST

Roger Federer beat Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Halle Open, which is a warm-up event to the Wimbledon

Roger Federer Eases Past Malek Jaziri in Halle Open Rd 2
Roger Federer in action during second round match of the Halle Open against Malek Jaziri. © AFP

Halle:

Roger Federer warmed up for Wimbledon by easing to victory in the second round on the Halle grass on Thursday, as he returns from a back injury that has disrupted his season.

The world number three, who dropped out of last month's French open, had little trouble swatting aside Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, 6-3, 7-5, and next faces Belgium's David Goffin.

Federer, who is in the twilight of a sparkling career and turns 35 in August, is chasing a ninth title in Halle, Germany.

He has yet to win a title in 2016, his longest drought to start a year since he went title-less in 2000.

Goffin set up the meeting after Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky retired from their clash.

Also into the next round is home hope Philipp Kohlschreiber, the eighth seed, who beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-5.

The indefatigable Kohlschreiber was playing for a 10th straight day.

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Highlights
  • Federer beat Jaziri 6-2, 7-5 in rd 2 of Halle Open
  • It is a warm-up event to the Wimbledon
  • Federer has been troubled by back injury this season
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