Federer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title

Federer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title

Federer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title

Federer, who won the Australian Open in January for his 18th Grand Slam title, chose to skip the clay-court season, including the French Open, to prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons, with his eye on Wimbledon, where he is a seven-time champion.

Here, we look at how Federer has gone onto fare at SW19 down the years after winning Halle. Zverev has also won his last four final appearances overall.

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Mayer, 33, squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.

His hard fought three set win means Zverev now goes on to face Roger Federer in a rematch of last year's semi-final, which the German won.

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. "I'm feeling great on the court", said Cilic, who is chasing his second ATP title this year.

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Top seed Roger Federer showed no mercy with fourth seed Alexander Zverev after wrapping up his ninth title in his 11th Halle final within 53 minutes.

The final of Halle Open shaped up as a generation game: the 35-year-old monarch against the 20-year-old pretender to the throne.

"I'll take a couple of days off and then start practising there again, see how conditions are over there, wait for the draw to come out, see what day I'm playing and then take it day by day, really", he added. It was total domination by Federer, who returned to action a few weeks back after taking a two-month hiatus from the sport.

She will play the unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the final today, after the 21-year-old Australian upset sixth seed Garbine Muguruza, the former French Open champion, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final yesterday.

Federer had words of affection for Zverev, who won their semifinal in Halle previous year.

"The future belongs to him", Federer said.

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