Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Roger Federer thrashes Alexander Zverev, clinches ninth Halle Open title

Roger Federer Reaches Last Eight in Halle Federer Holds Off Zverev Challenge
Lucia Summers | 29 June, 2017, 07:31

The 18-time grand slam champion, who has won the Halle tournament eight-times in his career eliminated Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in a match that lasted for one hour and 25 minutes.

The Stuttgart defeat was the first time Federer had lost his opening match at a grass-court tournament since 2002 Wimbledon.

Now boasting a 23-2 record in 2017, Federer has been on fire in the calendar year so far with wins in the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.

Earlier in the day, Petra Kvitova took a big step to convincing herself that she can make a full recovery when she reached the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England, by outplaying her exhausted friend and Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova.

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.

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The big-serving 35-year-old, ranked 32nd in the world, had lost on a tiebreak in his only previous final appearance in 2014, blowing a match point on the way, and he said: "I can not believe I have finally won this tournament".

However, he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in three sets in the semi-finals at Halle in 2016. Federer is moving well on the court and looks like somebody who is well rested and confident, as he doesn't have to play his best to win a single match. It was quite quick, and usually in doubles the points are a little bit shorter.

But Zverev, ranked No. 12, had no answer for Federer's aggressive play and near flawless execution. At 35, the Swiss player became the oldest victor of the grass-court tournament. I'm very happy for him, how he's developed in the last years.

Zverev has a very bright future in the game, and has a victory over Federer at this very venue. While Zverev is 15 years younger than the Swiss, Federer also mentioned that he is looking to extend his career as much as possible.

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