Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title

Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title

Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title

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.

Federer defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle for a record ninth time.

"He's the best of all time on this surface", Zverev said of facing Federer, whom he beat in the semifinals previous year.

Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player left in the draw following the shock exits of Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.

"Everything has been geared toward that for the past 12 months and I'm happy with how I feel at the moment", Federer said. Federer has reached the final in four of his six tournaments this year. In the first round, he took out former top ten player Gilles Simon, winning the first and third sets comfortably enough but dropping the second in a tiebreak.

'I'm not sure if I am going to win this tournament again so I want to enjoy it as much as I can'.

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Khachanov however, was able to see it out, taking the final set 6-3, for a 7-6 4-6 6-3 victory. I was calm serving out the first and second sets.

"I thought I was very calm out there, even in hard moments", said Federer, who only returned to action last week in Stuttgart after a two-month break.

The Swiss Master made a strong statement ahead of the Championships with an imperious display against Zverev, regarded by many as a future superstar and multi-time Grand Slam champion.

The big-serving 35-year-old, ranked 32nd in the world, had lost on a tiebreak in his only previous final appearance in 2014, blowing a match point on the way, and he said: "I can not believe I have finally won this tournament".

Federer, in contrast, is yet to drop a set, although it has not all been completely plain sailing for the eminent Swiss.

Federer's 92nd title moves him to within two of Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era titles list.

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