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Federer routs Zverev in one-sided Halle final

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Swiss tennis player Roger Federer claimed his ninth title at the Halle Open after beating German Alexander Zverev, World No.12, in Sunday's final.

The World No.5 Swiss star won his fourth trophy this season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over his 20-year-old German rival in 53 minutes. The 35-year-old victor claimed the Halle Open title one week ahead of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, which he has won seven times. Wimbledon is to be held from July 3 to 16.

Federer's triumph is the 92nd of his career, and the writing was on the wall very early in the contest as he wrapped up the opening set in just 22 minutes. The Swiss legend broke Zverev thrice in the opening set and was fantastic on his own serve too, winning 26 of 28 points on his own delivery.

Zverev grabbed a better start into the second set yet the German was unable to break through Federer's faultless service despite one break chance in the opening game. The former World No. 1 continued powerful and made use of break chances in the 6th game to ensure the 4-2 lead in the second set.

Federer shared after his triumph, “It's great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you've been playing good tennis all week. You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realise your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him."

“It gives me great confidence. Of course I'm like on 'Cloud Nine' right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It's a wonderful feeling to win here again because I'm not sure if I'll ever get a chance to win this again so it's important to enjoy this one.”

Zverev was quick to credit his opponent, saying, “I think Roger is playing really, really well. I think going into Wimbledon he's going to be probably the favourite to win the whole thing. So credits to him, he played an unbelievable match. Of course I could have played better but he didn't really let me play my best tennis. He messed with the ball a lot. He played very aggressive... I think he deserved to win."

"It is unbelievable how he plays with 35 years. He does things on the court we will probably never see again in Tennis. It is always a joy to play against him, only today it wasn't. He could have been a little nicer to me," Zverev said.

Federer's win earns him 500 ATP ranking points and €395,690.

Singles - Final

[1] R. Federer (SUI) d [4] A. Zverev (GER) 61 63

Doubles - Final

[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 57 63 10-8

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