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Federer thrashes Zverev to win ninth Halle title

26 June 2017

Top seed Roger Federer dominated Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Gerry Weber Open for the ninth time on Sunday in Halle, Germany.

Defeated in his first comeback match in Stuttgart last week, 35-year-old world No.5 Federer was aggressive from the start, breaking in the first game to take control.

Federer won the Australian Open his first Grand Slam success in five years in January despite not playing in the previous six months, then claimed the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March and, two weeks later, the Miami Open.

He and Khachanov, 21, traded breaks in the first two games but Federer grabbed a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point. Federer advanced when Khachanov lifted a backhand long on match point.

Zverev defeated Spanish seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 while Gasquet saw off Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set", Federer said afterward.

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However, 21-year-old Khachanov rallied and force two set points which would have taken the match into a decider before Federer, an 18-time Grand Slam victor, closed out the tie-break. "I'm feeling excellent and it's a pleasure to be back", said Federer, who skipped the clay-court season to rest. "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the tiebreaker".

"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.

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"You could have been a bit nicer and allowed me a couple more points", Zverev joked to his idol. He improved his Halle record to 57-6. Zverev, who lost last year's final to compatriot Florian Mayer, will be going for his fourth title of the season on Sunday.

Federer thrashes Zverev to win ninth Halle title