HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-seeded Roger Federer was taken to the limit on Friday before coming through for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory 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 two hours to overcome Mayer. Federer was down 5-1 in the second set, won the next two games but then faltered again. He double-faulted and then produced two straight forehand errors to give up the set. In the third, Federer broke serve twice, only to see the German re-break both times. But with the match on the line, the Swiss former No. 1 raised his game considerably. He broke serve with the loss of a point for a 6-5 lead and served out the match at love, hitting a service winner on match point. He next plays Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis, who upset 14th-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-4 to make the semifinals of a tournament for the second time in his career. Fabio Fognini of Italy beat Tommy Haas for the second time in two weeks to also advance to the semifinals. Fognini prevailed 6-2, 6-4 over the second-seeded home favourite. The 12th-seeded Italian is looking for his second straight title after winning his first tournament in Stuttgart, where he beat Haas in the quarterfinals. Fognini next faces third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who came from behind to beat defending champion Juan Monaco of Argentina 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. The fifth-seeded Monaco beat Almagro in the Hamburg semifinals last year. Almagro was runner-up in Hamburg two years ago, while Monaco beat Haas for the title last year. Delbonis previous semifinal appearance was two years ago, also on clay and also in Germany, in Stuttgart. After fending off a pair of match points in the second set, Delbonis failed to serve out the match at 5-3. He then wasted two match points on Verdascos serve before the Spaniard double-faulted on the third. Wholesale Jerseys Authentic . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . http://www.cheapjerseyschinafastshipping.com/Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping . Howard Ganz, an MLB lawyer, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that Rodriguezs claims do not come "remotely close" to what is needed to overturn an arbitration decision in federal court. Wholesale Jerseys . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games.HALLE, Germany -- Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open on Saturday to rest ahead of Wimbledon. Nadal said the grueling physical demands of recent weeks, including the French Open, led to his decision to withdraw from the grass-court event. The 11-time Grand Slam winner plays fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sundays French Open final, after coming through a ferocious five-set encounter with top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Fridays semifinal. "After these past months and all the matches I have been able to play my doctors have recommended to rest after Roland Garros," said Nadal, whose place will be taken by wildcard Mischa Zverev of Germany. Nadals withdrawal leaves Roger Federer as the favourite to win his sixth title at the Hallee tournament, which begins Monday.dddddddddddd Nadal said he would begin grass-court preparations a few days after his eighth French Open final. "We all know the transition is not easy and after these past months I have to approach this in a different way," the 27-year-old Nadal said. Nadal played in Halle last year despite suffering knee problems. He was knocked out in the last-16 by beaten finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber and was eventually forced to take a long injury lay-off after Wimbledon. "It is a shame and regrettable that Rafael cannot come, but I can understand his decision," said tournament director Ralf Weber. "I know that it was not an easy one to take, but the players health comes first." Cheap Adidas Hockey JerseysWholesale College JerseysCheap Nike Basketball JerseysCheap Football Jerseys Free ShippingCheap Baseball JerseysCheap Jerseys Free ShippingCheap Jerseys From ChinaWholesale Nike NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale Nike NBA JerseysCheap NHL Jerseys AuthenticCheap MLB Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Soccer Jerseys ChinaCheap NCAA Jerseys ChinaStitched NFL JerseysCheap Custom Jerseys ChinaCheap Basketball Jerseys AuthenticNFL Jerseys ChinaCheap College JerseysWholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '