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Federer beats Youzhny to reach 7th Halle final

Five-time champion Roger Federer reached the Gerry Weber Open final for the seventh time by beating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday.

The second-seeded Federer broke the 31st-ranked Russian twice to wrap up the first set in just 21 minutes. He was in such control that one fan implored him to slow down.

The 16-time Gram Slam champion responded by breaking twice more, before dropping serve to lead 5-3. Federer missed three break points in the next game, but sealed the match in the next game with his seventh ace.

Later Saturday, defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber plays wild card Tommy Haas in an all-German semifinal.