Friday, 20 October, 2017

Federer crushes Zverev to clinch ninth Halle title

Federer downs Mayer, into Halle semis Roger Federer strolls into Halle semis for the 13th time
Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 04:35

Roger Federer ramped up his Wimbledon preparations by lifting his ninth Halle trophy on Sunday, defeating German prodigy Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 in just over 53 minutes.

Federer, who skipped the clay-court season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael Nadal's tally, and he will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.

The world No1 is set to play at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at the Hurlingham Club this week in order to ensure sufficient match-time on grass before beginning his Wimbledon defence next week.

To qualify for the semi final, he beat Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 16 minutes on Friday.

"It is a dream to start a final like that and to pull through then".

These two have split the only two meetings with Zverev winning the 2016 Halle Open and Federer winning the 2016 Rome Masters. Second round: Federer bt Mischa Zverev 7-6 (4), 6-4. This was their third meeting and the second win for Roger, who lost to Sascha in the semi-final here 12 months ago. He tried his best to upset Federer's flow.

"I thought I was very calm out there, even in hard moments", said Federer, who only returned to action last week in Stuttgart after a two-month break.

"I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing (in the opening) round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did", Federer said. The German himself said that Federer is the favourite to get the winon Sunday but let's not forget that Zverev will be playing in front of his home crowd and appreciated everyone's support.

The Swiss top seed, bidding for an historic ninth title at the grass venue whose stadium and ground are styled after Wimbledon, needed four match points over two games to advance to the final four on Friday, securing victory through a forehand victor after 66 minutes.