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Federer storms over Zverev to lift his 9th Halle title — ATP Halle

26 June 2017

The 35-year-old Swiss, who is aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th Grand Slam title, beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 in 53 minutes.

Federer opted to miss the clay-court season and lost his comeback match in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but ends his week in Halle having not dropped a set. Zverev has a shot at his fifth win over a top-10 player this season, as the 20-year-old continues his breakout season.

While Federer their initial meeting previous year in the Rome Masters, Zverev returned the faovur a month later with a three-set victory in the Halle semi-finals.

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Federer's forehand victor at 4-4 secured the only break of the match and he served out to wrap up victory in one hour and 30 minutes.

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.

The Swiss lured Khachanov to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set and the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points.

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Lopez swept through the first tie-break to level the match, before holding on in increasingly gusty conditions for the sixth ATP title of his career.

Federer won 6-3, 7-5 last spring at the Rome Masters before Zverev pulled off a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 upset in the Halle semifinals. Zverev is 0-1 in final appearances on grass.

Federer has won all seven of his career matches against Mayer, including three straight-sets wins in Halle.

The German defeated France's Richard Gasquet in the second semi-final, 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Switzerland's Roger Federer wipes away sweat during his match against Germany's Mischa Zverev at the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, Thursday, June 22.

"It has been a hard year with a lot of practice, training and rehab so I am very happy to be back on the court", he said. "I think Roger is playing really, really well".