Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to US Taylor Fritz in their round of sixteen match at the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on June 8, 2016. / AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE
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Roger Federer beat Florian Mayer 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1) Friday to reach the Stuttgart grass court semifinals, claiming another record in the process.The world No. 3 moved ahead of Ivan Lendl to stand second in career wins with his 1,072 victories standing behind Jimmy Connors (1,256).Federer dispatched Germany's Mayer for the seventh time without a loss as he advanced into a final-four showdown with Austrian Dominic Thiem, who recovered to defeat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 .Federer is playing for the first time in a month after suffering with back pain which forced him to skip the French Open.German seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber beat qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5 while Juan Martin del Potro overhauled French fourth seed Gilles Simon 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-0 .
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