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Federer Shows Grasscourt Best, Destroys Zverev in Halle Final

Federer Shows Grasscourt Best, Destroys Zverev in Halle Final Federer Shows Grasscourt Best, Destroys Zverev in Halle Final
Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 09:07

Roger Federer has brushed-aside the defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, cruising his way into the Halle Open semifinals.

This will be the second meeting between Federer and Zverev in the Halle Open after the latter triumphed in a 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 semi-final win.

Federer and Khachanov traded breaks in the first two games but the Swiss made amends by grabbing a second one to restore his advantage, clinching the first set on his second set point.

The 35-year-old Spaniard - who had spurned a match point in his previous final appearance against Grigor Dimitrov in 2014 - held on to triumph 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (10/8). "Mentally, I'm fresh again and I've gotten used to match play".

"I'm playing really well this week".

Lopez, meanwhile, had to overcome a 45-minute delay during the second set, when he regained composure to see off Dimitrov, the player who had beaten him in the 2014 final at the west London venue.

The German defeated France's Richard Gasquet in the second semi-final, 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Khachanov, 21, also played 2017 quarter-finals in Barcelona and Lyon, while the 19-year-old Rublev will crack the top 100 next week in a rise from 106.

With the Halle Open victory, Federer, with 92 career ATP titles, is now third in the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) for most championships in the Open era. After winning the Australian Open earlier this year, he has continued to amaze the tennis world with his play.

"It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court", Federer said.

Federer raced out of the blocks and broke serve twice to reel off the first four games of the match.

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.

He converted his first match point to reach an 11th Halle final.