Federer advances, Nadal out

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Updated: June 16, 2012

Rafa Nadal’s start to the grasscourt season at Halle was cut short when the top seed crashed out in the quarterfinals to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.

Kohlschreiber, ranked 28 in the world and the defending champion, notched up his first-ever victory over Nadal in nine encounters, winning 6-3, 6-4.

Second seed and five-time champion Roger Federer survived 25 aces from Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic in a come-from-behind 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win.

Federer will next face Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who he has beaten in their last 12 meetings, while Kohlschreiber will take on Germany’s former world No 2 Tommy Haas who beat Czech third seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.