February 22, 2018

Federer Thrashes Zverev to Win 9th Halle Title

27 June 2017, 05:34 | Marlene Fleming

"It will be interesting", Federer said of Zverev.

World number five Roger Federer delivered a tennis masterclass to beat rising star Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 and clinch a record ninth Halle Open title on Sunday as he lay down a marker in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

Rome Masters champion Zverev had won all three of his previous finals this season, but was blown away by a vintage performance from 18-time major champion Federer in only 53 minutes on Sunday.

The Gerry Weber Open 2017 final between Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev is set to start at 1:00pm local time, 4:30pm IST and 12.00pm BST.

"I'm pleased with how I am playing".

Khachanov, being fairly new to the tour, aged just twenty-one, and having only recently played his sixtieth tour level match, has not yet faced the veteran Federer.

Federer described his Halle Open final opponent as a tough player to play against and described his serve as wonderful and his backhand as one of the best in the game. Federer, however, had no such trouble, coming through 6-3 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

Federer to face Zverev in Halle final
Zverev was serving to stay in the opening set and he committed a double fault to hand Federer a first set point at 30-40. Khachanov missed two set points to take the match into a decider, with Federer hanging on before taking the tie-break.

He earned a second break point with some deft volleying, which he pounced on to race through the first set in 24 minutes. "Mentally, I'm fresh again and I've gotten used to match play".

Cilic saved the first match point against him with an ace, and a second with a forehand volley, before a wide forehand saw Lopez take his chance at the third attempt.

But the 18-time grand slam victor finally prevailed a game later with a forehand victor on his fourth match point.

"It is unbelievable how he plays with 35 years".

Federer wrapped up the opening set after the first three games went against serve and there was a break apiece in the second before the legendary Swiss fended off a couple of set points to force a tie-break. "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the 'breaker".

Federer's 92nd title moves him to within two of Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era titles list.

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