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Nicolas Almagro through to semis

Updated: July 19, 2013, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-seeded Roger Federer struggled for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory Friday over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.

Federer is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.

A four-time champion on the clay courts of Hamburg, Federer needed 2 hours to overtake Mayer. Federer was down 5-1 in the second set, won the next two games but then faltered again. He double-faulted and had two straight ...

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