Roger Federer routs Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle title


Swiss great Roger Federer thrashed Alexander Zverev to win his ninth Halle title on Sunday and admitted he's feeling fresh ahead of his assault on an eighth Wimbledon crown next month.

Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he saw off Marin Cilic in a thrilling final tie-break to win the Aegon Championship title at Queen's Club in London.

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.

Zverev will also be a player to watch during Wimbledon. "I have spent a lot of time on practice, training and rehab so it is nice to be back on court".

But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist previous year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.

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.

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Zverev started aggressively in the opening set after breaking in the first game but the 18-time-Grand Slam champion made a quick comeback, earning a second break point and from there, went on to win the set 6-1 in just 24 minutes.

But Zverev, ranked No. 12, had no answer for Federer's aggressive play and near ideal execution. "I think he deserved to win", Zverev said. The 20-year-old German took the last four games of the contest starting from a 2-3 deficit in the third set.

"I am probably playing my best tennis. He deserved to win". "Of course I'm upset with the loss, but going into Wimbledon I feel very confident I can make a deep run there". And he confidently served it out to wrap up the 92nd ATP Tour title of his career, which moves him to within two of second-placed Ivan Lendl on the all-time list.

"It was a very good week for me again making the finals here".

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