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Federer/Chiudinelli Draw Full House For Practice

Halle, Germany

Chiudinelli, Federer© GERRY WEBER OPEN (HalleWestfalen)Marco Chiudinelli and Roger Federer practise in front of a full house.

It was standing room only during an open practice session for Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Marco Chiudinelli at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday in Halle.

The childhood friends received a walkover in their first-round doubles match against Martin Emmrich and Andreas Seppi after the Italian withdrew with a virus, and headed over to Court 1 Stadium for a hit.

Federer tweeted: "With @mchiudinelli33 aka the MC at practice. We got a walkover for our doubles! Got to work on our game instead!"

Spectators quickly filled the stands, with an overflow of fans queuing outside hoping to catch a glimpse, and applauded after each point.

The Swiss duo will play their doubles quarter-final match Thursday against Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo, in the third match on Court 1. Federer, a six-time singles champion, will begin his Halle defence earlier in the day when he plays Portugal's Joao Sousa in the first match on the main stadium.

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