World number five Roger Federer delivered a tennis masterclass to beat rising star Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 and clinch a record ninth Halle Open title on Sunday as he lay down a marker in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

Top seed and eight-time champion Roger Federer defeated Florian Mayer on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ATP Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Federer sat out Roland Garros and the rest of the clay season in order to preserve himself for the grass and hard-court campaigns, but lost to 39-year-old Tommy Haas on his comeback in Stuttgart earlier this month.

Yet to drop a set in the event so far, the 18-time Grand Slam victor will be looking for his fourth title of the year and ninth Halle title before hoping to achieve his main goal of winning Wimbledon. In the final point of the third game of the second set, Zverev hunted down one of Federer's many drop shots, slid under the net and jarred his left ankle. "I'm feeling great on the court", said Cilic.

Apart from that, the youngster has also defeated Federer at the Halle Open past year in the semi-finals which was also his only win against him. "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the breaker".

Federer, who hit 11 aces and 32 winners, said facing Khachanov, who he has never played previously - at least competitively, will present a new challenge for him.

Owners advised to check their Hotpoint fridge freezers after Grenfell tragedy
The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze. The Chalcots estate has five tower blocks - four 22 storey blocks and one 18 storey block.

The Australian Open champion did not lose a set in Halle as he won his 92nd ATP Tour title to prepare for SW19 in the ideal manner.

Cilic then went on to play his doubles semi-final with Marcin Matkowski against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, which was moved onto Court One because of the rain delays, as he aimed to become the first man to win both titles at Queen's since Pete Sampras in 1995.

Zverev defeated Federer previous year in a three-set semifinal and they could meet again in the final. "It's warm, it's hot, I'm a little bit exhausted".

This is set to be a really interesting match as it is between two players are at two very different stages of their career.

140 Number of finals Roger Federer has entered, including today's Halle Open.

Saturday's other semi-final will see German fourth seed Alexander Zverev face Frenchman Richard Gasquet.


COMMENTS