Roger Federer to face Alexander Zverev in Halle final

by Olga Hunt June 29, 2017, 15:32
Roger Federer to face Alexander Zverev in Halle final

Zverev did finally set up a break point on the Federer serve in the first game of the second set, but it passed by and Federer raced on to complete victory.

Playing in his 140th career final, the remarkable 35-year-old, who has won the All England Club title seven times but not since 2012, became the oldest victor of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament despite taking the entire clay-court season off.

20-year-old Zverev, who had defeated Federer in last year's semi-final, was no match for the Swiss.

A drop shot put Federer 5-2 ahead and he sealed victory two games later on his first match point with a crosscourt volley.

The 28-ranked Khachanov fired a backhand long in the breaker to send Federer through to a showdown with Zverev.

"It's warm, it's hot, I'm a little bit exhausted".

Federer and Zverev come in this final on the back of winning all three of the finals they have competed in this year so someone's record is going to be broken today. "He could have been a little nicer to me", Zverev said. "I felt good and never let up", Federer, playing in his 140th career final, said afterward.

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It was also only her sixth match, yet she has reached her first grass-court final since her 2014 Wimbledon triumph.

"I think it was a very good week for me again making the finals here".

"People in their thirties, maybe 31, 32 when traditionally we're thinking "well, he's going to start wrapping it up soon" and think well maybe I've got four, five years".

Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion who is making a courageous comeback from injury, will face unseeded giant-killer Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Birmingham grass court tournament.

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

Germany's Alexander Zverev crashes into the net during the Gerry Weber tennis tournament final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer in Halle, Germany, Sunday, June 25, 2017.


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