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Chiudinelli/Federer Reach Halle SFs; Bryans Thwarted At Queen's

Chiudinelli Federer©PMK/Manfred Kettner Marco Chiudinelli and Roger Federer advance to the Halle semi-finals.

Wild cards Marco Chiudinelli and Roger Federer advanced to the Gerry Weber Open semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo on Thursday.

Federer, a six-time singles champion in Halle, also hoisted the doubles trophy in 2005 with partner Yves Allegro.

Joining the Swiss pair in the Halle final four is the unseeded team of Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea. The Croatian-Romanian duo received a walkover into the semi-finals after Lukasz Kubot sustained a foot injury, forcing him and partner Robert Lindstedt to withdraw. Draganja and Mergea, semi-finalists at Roland Garros last month, will face German Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle of Austria, who defeated Robin Haase and Kei Nishiori 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes.

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Murray/Peers Ends Bryan Brothers Defence At Queen's
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan fell in their quest for a 99th team title after losing their opening-round match at the Aegon Championships. The defending champions were toppled in two tie-breaks by Jamie Murray and John Peers 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in 74 minutes.

Two other seeded teams advanced, with Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, the 2013 runners-up, edging Feliciano Lopez and Jurgen Melzer 7-6(5), 6-4 in their second-round battle; and No. 7 Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the 2014 Roland Garros champions, moving onto the quarter-finals after Alexandr Dolgopolov retired from the match with teammate Ernests Gulbis.

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