Roger Federer wins Halle title for ninth time

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Roger Federer progressed into the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open here with a 6-3, 6-4 win over defending champion Florian Mayer here on Friday.

While speaking about his opponent Federer said, "It was all a little uncertain because I don't know him that well".

This is going to be a fun match between these two talented players, as Zverev is growing up before our eyes and Federer is, well, Federer.

Federer, who lost to German veteran Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, has not dropped a set in three matches this week while improving his record in Halle to 57-6.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who upset Federer 12 months ago, will face Gasquet after a 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I'm on cloud nine right now after the ninth win here".

Zverev has a very bright future in the game, and has a victory over Federer at this very venue.

However, 21-year-old Khachanov rallied and force two set points which would have taken the match into a decider before Federer, an 18-time Grand Slam victor, closed out the tie-break.

After breaking to love in the first game of the match, Federer soon found himself 4-0 up and it was not long before the first set was brought to a swift conclusion.

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 Swiss maestro spoke about Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. "I think what Nadal did at the French Open stands out".

Federer's success was clinched with a 6-1 6-3 masterclass against Alexander Zverev on Sunday. "I'll prepare myself the best I can, but he's definitely the favourite in that match".

The Swiss lured the youngster to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set when the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points.

"I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the (tie-) breaker", said the 35-year-old.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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