Eight-time champion Federer eases into 13th Halle semi-final

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 Stuttgart Open 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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In the semi-finals, Federer will face Karen Khachanov, who won the battle of the young Russians against Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8) 4-6 6-3.

Italian Open champion Zverev had won all three of his previous finals this season, but was blown away by a vintage performance from the 18-time major champion in only 53 minutes.

"I'm not sure if I am going to win this tournament again so I want to enjoy it as much as I can", Federer said. Zverev is 0-1 in final appearances on grass.

"I don't know him that well yet so it's a match where I'll most likely focus on my own game", Federer said of facing the Russian in the semifinals.

Federer will now surely start Wimbledon as favourite in search of his eighth title, having been cut to 2/1 by Sky Bet.

Gasquet will play his first Halle semi-final since 2013 against either German fourth seed Alexander Zverev or Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Federer defeated fourth seeded Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the summit clash that lasted less than an hour.


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