Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Federer beats defending champ Mayer to earn Halle semifinal

After his second-round win over Lucas Pouille Florian Mayer discusses the enjoyment he gets from playing on home soil at the Gerry Weber Open After his second-round win over Lucas Pouille Florian Mayer discusses the enjoyment he gets from playing on home soil at the Gerry Weber Open
Frederick Owens | 27 June, 2017, 05:31

Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan says Roger Federer's current form at the age of 35 is "remarkable".

At Halle: Gerry Weber Open: Quarterfinals: Roger Federer bt Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4; Richard Gasquet bt Robin Haase 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Karen Khachanov bt Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.

Federer had words of affection for Zverev, who won their semifinal in Halle a year ago.

Federer, an eight-time champion in Halle, hit 11 aces, saved both break points he faced, and converted two of his own to maintain his bid for his 16th grass-court title.

This was the 92nd ATP title for Roger and the 4th in 2017 from just 6 tournaments played!.

"It's a boost for me personally, with my confidence, knowing that my body is in good shape".

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"It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court", said top seed Federer who has now reached the semi-finals in Halle on 13 consecutive occasions.

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.

Federer wrapped up the opening set after the first three games went against serve and there was a break apiece in the second before the legendary Swiss fended off a couple of set points to force a tie-break.

Federer raced out of the blocks and broke serve twice to reel off the first four games of the match. The Russian then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker. It is hard to look beyond Federer for this one, all of the evidence points towards his victory and a progression into an 11th Halle final.

"I'm like on cloud nine right now after the ninth win here in Halle". "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the 'breaker".

Khachanov is a fine ball striker with a bright future in the game, but Federer on grass is one of the toughest assignments for any baseliner to face on the tour.

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