Eight-time champion Federer eases into 13th Halle semi-final
26 June 2017, 12:27 | Kristine Mills
Roger Federer celebrates after beating Germany’s Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal of the ATP tournament in Halle
Roger Federer didn't play his best tennis this week in Halle before the final, but he was simply fantastic against Alexander Zverev, beating the young German 6-1 6-3 in just 52 minutes for his 9th crown in Halle!
Federer - who lost to Tommy Haas at the StuttgartOpen last week as he returned to action following a two-month break - coasted through the opening set.
Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve, has won four titles this year, a tally matched only by long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
Chasing his ninth title at the grass-court tournament, Federer was serving for the match when he was broken by Khachanov.
In a superb climax, Cilic was first to bring up match point at 6-5 in the tie-break which Lopez saved with a brilliant cross-court volley.
Lopez, meanwhile, had to overcome a 45-minute delay during the second set, when he regained composure to see off Dimitrov, the player who had beaten him in the 2014 final at the west London venue.
Federer and Khachanov traded breaks in the first two games but the Swiss made amends by grabbing a second one to restore his advantage, clinching the first set on his second set point.
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