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Zverev To Face Federer At Halle Open

Zverev To Face Federer At Halle Open

Roger Federer clinched his ninth Halle Open title after beating hapless Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.

Roger Federer from Switzerland waits for the ball served by Florian Mayer from Germany during the ATP tournament tennis match in Halle, western Germany, on June 23, 2017.

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.

The top seed lost his first match of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but was in imperious form all week at Halle, culminating in the 6-1, 6-3 final victory over the home favourite Zverev. I love playing finals, I like big matches, and I've missed it over the (preceding) months. I played great today.

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.




But he simply could not discover a chink in Federer's armour, even as he attempted to mix up his game by forcing the Swiss to come to the net more often. When Federer won his first Wimbledon crown in 2003, Zverev was a six-year-old boy in Germany.

In the semi-finals, Federer will face Karen Khachanov, who won the battle of the young Russians against Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8) 4-6 6-3. "I felt good and never let up", said Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve.

Apart from that, the youngster has also defeated Federer at the Halle Open previous year in the semi-finals which was also his only win against him. If you want to win Wimbledon you always have to beat the best players anyway.

The 35-year-old broke in the opening game of the match to establish his control and did not offer a reprieve as he dominated from start to finish. It was his ninth title at Halle, and the shortest of his 11 finals.


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