Swiss star beats Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle title

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

Lopez, whose last tournament win was at Gstaad previous year, has never got past the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old broke in the opening game of the match to establish his control and did not offer a reprieve as he dominated from start to finish.

Federer won the first seven points of the match en route to his ninth Halle crown.

"I really had to fight in defence, but maybe it's not so bad to survive like this on grass".

Roger Federer has brushed-aside the defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, cruising his way into the Halle Open semifinals.

Murray put injury concerns behind him to forge an encouraging run to the semi-finals at the French Open but lost to world No90 Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Aegon Championship at Queen's Club last week.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, with the victor trophy and Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, with the trophy for the second place, frame model Eva Herzigova, after the final match of the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

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"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".

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

Zverev, 20, battled hard to stay with his illustrious opponent at the start of the second set, but failed to make any inroads into the Federer serve.

" Marin has been playing unbelievable and is also a great grass-court player, so I think I have to play my best tennis if I want to win", he said.

The mighty Swiss will be facing either Alexander Zverev or Richard Gasquet in this year's Halle grass court tournament final on Sunday.

After breaking to love in the first game of the match, Federer soon found himself 4-0 up and it was not long before the first set was brought to a swift conclusion.

Visually, Federer's short-back-and-sides haircut has taken years off him.

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