Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic returns the ball to Borna Coric of Croatia during their second round match at the Gerry Weber Open ATP tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Martin Meissner
June 17, 2015

HALLE, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer moved closer to a record eighth title at the Gerry Weber Open by beating Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Federer produced flowing grass-court tennis. After fending off the only two breaks points he faced in the third game, one break for 4-2 was enough to give him the first set. Federer was in brief trouble when he served consecutive double-faults but held for 4-4. Gulbis double-faulted to give Federer a 6-5 lead and Federer served out the match.

Third-seeded Tomas Berdych eased past teenager Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2, while Florian Mayer beat Steve Johnson 6-5, 7-6 (4) and will play Federer in the quarters.

Eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic fired 21 aces to beat wild card Alexander Zverev 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.

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