Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Dream Final Set In Halle: Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev

Dream Final Set In Halle: Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev

Evergreen Roger Federer boosted his hopes of becoming the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the modern era by triumphing at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for a ninth time on Sunday.

Roger Federer didn't play his best tennis this week in Halle before the final, but he was simply unbelievable against Alexander Zverev, beating the young German 6-1 6-3 in just 52 minutes for his 9th crown in Halle!

Against the 20-year-old Zverev, who lost last year's final to Florian Mayer, Federer raced to a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the first set in 22 minutes.

"It has been a hard year, I have spent a lot of time on practice, training and rehab so it is nice to be back on court", said Federer, who suffered a surprise defeat by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart earlier this month.

Federer is looking to win the ATP World Tour 500 series grass-court event for the ninth time in his illustrious career. "I'm feeling great on the court", said Cilic. "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the tiebreaker", said Federer, who first reached the Halle final in 2003, when his opponent on Sunday was just 6".

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Federer wasted set points in the first as Mayer won a nine-minute eighth game, saving both chances and holding serve with a pair of aces. He improved his Halle record to 57-6.

With Nadal tearing things up at Roland Garros where he sealed his "La Decima" of 10 titles in Paris, conceding just 35 games in his seven matches, Cowan feels Federer could do something similar at Wimbledon. The first set went to a tiebreak, which Federer won before he took the second 6-4 for a straight sets victory.

Kvitova's left hand is still not fully recovered but she has shown very encouraging form since returning at the French Open and defeated World No.12 Mladenovic 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Gasquet will now play the victor of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.

Petra Kvitova secured the best win of her comeback so far, beating Kristina Mladenovic to reach the semi-finals of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

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