Roger Federer strolls into Halle semis for the 13th time

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.

Roger Federer fired an ominous warning to his rivals for Wimbledon glory by thrashing Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 to claim a record ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany knocked off No. 7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-1 to advance in another quarterfinal match.

Federer also spoke about his straight sets victory over Mischa Zverev, who is at a career-high ranking of 29.

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.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set", Federer said afterward.

However, doubt was cast on his comeback last week as he lost his first competitive grass court match of the season, to 39-year-old Tommy Haas.

The world No 7 has yet to drop a set in three matches en route to his fourth semi-final appearance at the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London. "I'm glad I could win in two sets and have the feeling I played well".

He then converted his first match point.

"He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn't getting many looks".

Federer, who hit 11 aces and 32 winners, said facing Khachanov, who he has never played previously - at least competitively, will present a new challenge for him.

"Roger is the best player of all time on grass, it will be a very hard match", Zverev said, as quoted on Yahoo.

Zverev, 20 and the youngest player in the world top 40, is looking to make the Halle final for the second successive year after losing to compatriot Florian Mayer in 2016.

She will play the unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the final today, after the 21-year-old Australian upset sixth seed Garbine Muguruza, the former French Open champion, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final yesterday.

  • Julie Sanders