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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