Roger Federer wins Halle title for ninth time

Esther Moore
June 27, 2017

The 28-ranked Khachanov fired a backhand long in the breaker to send Federer through to a showdown with Zverev.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer on Sunday came out with a ruthless performance as he defeated Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the men?s singles title of the Gerry Weber Open.

But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist past year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.

"I really had to fight in defence, but maybe it's not so bad to survive like this on grass". With Sunday's victory, Federer claimed 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and increased his carry tally of titles to 92.

Novak Djokovic is just fourth in the market as he heads to Eastbourne in search of form, while second-favourite Andy Murray will play two exhibition matches before the action begins in SW19. "I felt good and never let up", Federer, playing in his 140th career final, said afterward.

Federer kept world No.12 Zverev on his toes and earned a second break point with some deft volleying, which he pounced on to race through the first set in 24 minutes.

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Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he saw off Marin Cilic in a thrilling final tie-break to win the Aegon Championship title at Queen's Club in London.

"I don't think that my seed of whether four or five has an influence on how successful I will be at Wimbledon", he said.

"I don't know if I'm ever going to win this tournament again so I'm going to enjoy this one as much as I possibly can".

And the 35-year-old plans to take a couple of days off before returning to the practice courts ahead of the third grand slam of the year. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has played six sets hi last two matches and has shown consistently this tournament he's capable of taking his game to another level when needed. So credits to him, he played an unbelievable match.

Federer's 92nd title moves him to within two of Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era titles list.

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