Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title

Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title

Now boasting a 23-2 record in 2017, Federer has been on fire in the calendar year so far with wins in the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.

Federer has reached his 11th final in Halle without dropping a single set.

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 flawless manner.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set", Federer, who has never won a tournament nine times, told reporters.

He earned a second break point with some deft volleying, which he pounced on to race through the first set in 24 minutes.

Federer will enter the 2017 Wimbledon as the odds-on favourite after a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 victory to cap off another successful week in Halle.

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.

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"I really had to fight in defence, but maybe it's not so bad to survive like this on grass". "I think he deserved to win", Zverev said.

Zverev, 20 and the youngest player in the world top 40, defeated Federer in three sets in the semi-finals here in 2016, but he was unable to cope with the Swiss star's pace and power.

But Zverev, ranked No. 12, had no answer for Federer's aggressive play and near flawless execution.

Federer described his Halle Open final opponent as a tough player to play against and described his serve as wonderful and his backhand as one of the best in the game. The match was the quickest final in the history of the Halle Open.

So well has Kvitova been playing that it has become even more significant that this tournament is a Wimbledon warm-up event and she is already beginning to suggest she can again do well at the grass-court Grand Slam starting next week.

"Roger is the best player of all time on grass, it will be a very hard match", said the young German.

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