Nadal crashes out at Halle

Nadal crashes out at Halle
By Reuters

16/06/2012 at 00:23Updated 16/06/2012 at 04:46

Rafael Nadal's preparations for Wimbledon were cut short when he was knocked out of the Halle Open by defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.

The German triumphed 6-3 6-4 just four days after Nadal won a record seventh French Open title at Roland Garros.

    It was the first time Kohlschreiber had beaten the Spaniard after eight previous defeats, although this was their first meeting on grass.

    Kohlschreiber will next take on Tommy Haas, after the veteran German produced a vintage display to beat Czech third seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 7-5.

    Roger Federer fared better as he came from a set down to beat Milos Raonic 6-7 6-4 7-6 and secure his place in the last eight.

    Federer looked extremely sluggish as he lost the opening set on a tie-break, but roared back to take the second 6-4.

    The Swiss then took the deciding set on a breaker, and will next face Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Radek Stepanek 6-4 4-6 6-4.