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

Roger Federer Halle Open Florian Mayer Wimbledon Australian Open Roger Federer celebrates after beating Germany’s Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal of the ATP tournament in Halle
Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 21:46

We preview the other semi-final here.

Federer has already guaranteed a top four seeding at Wimbledon but a tournament victory will see him become the third seed. So both players have a lot to play for Sunday, June 25. There is also the comparative experience of the two men to consider. Federer is chasing a record ninth title in Halle, first winning at the venue in 2003. Can Khachanov pull off the upset on grass courts, nearly certainly Federer's preferred surface?

Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Karen Khachanov from Russian Federation during the ATP tournament tennis match in Halle, western Germany, on June 24, 2017.

Roger Federer showing his class, did not waste much time in clinching the second set and easily cruised to the winning mark.

The Croatian had grabbed the only break of the match to take the first set, but could not convert either of two break point chances in the second set.

Luxembourg's Muller is through to his first Queen's semi-final after defeating 2010 champion Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).

Federer has yet to drop a set after three matches this week. 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. Khachanov then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker. Federer is 15-6 in his career in final appearances on grass.

How do they match up?

Zverev is one of the cleanest volleyers on tour and, unlike most of his colleagues, has a real appetite for the net, hurtling ahead at any remote opportunity. "It was by far my best match of the week". He had never faced the 6-foot-6 Khachanov before Saturday. Do that and the big Russian may well struggle. The German himself said that Federer is the favourite to get the winon Sunday but let's not forget that Zverev will be playing in front of his home crowd and appreciated everyone's support.


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