Swiss star beats Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle title

Posted June 26, 2017

Top seed and eight-time champion Roger Federer defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Saturday to advance to the final of the Gerry Weber Open for the 11th time.

The Swiss ace was at his elegant best as he dispatched his German opponent in just 52 minutes at the Gerry Weber Stadion, further justifying his decision to miss the entire clay-court season to focus on his grass-court campaign.

"I thought I was very calm out there, even in hard moments".

Cilic then went on to play his doubles semi-final with Marcin Matkowski against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, which was moved onto Court One because of the rain delays, as he aimed to become the first man to win both titles at Queen's since Pete Sampras in 1995.

Federer will bid for his 92nd career title in what will be his 140th final against the fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who rallied to beat Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for his seventh title-decider.

Zverev, 20 and the youngest player in the world top 40, is looking to make the Halle final for the second successive year after losing to compatriot Florian Mayer in 2016. The Stuttgart defeat was the first time Federer had lost his opening match at a grass-court tournament since 2002 Wimbledon.

"I think Roger is playing really, really well", Zverev said.

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Federer has yet to drop a set in Halle this week.

Roger Federer showing his class, did not waste much time in clinching the second set and easily cruised to the winning mark.

Khachanov is a fine ball striker with a bright future in the game, but Federer on grass is one of the toughest assignments for any baseliner to face on the tour.

Zverev, who had beaten Federer in last year's semis, though had a chance to break at the start of the second set.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set".

A superb dropshot put Federer 5-2 ahead and sealed Zverev's fate before he won the match on his first match point with a crosscourt volley. Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set.