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Federer claims ninth Halle Open title

January 22 2018, 08:34 | Van Peters

Federer claims ninth Halle Open title

Federer claims ninth Halle Open title

Federer will face Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals following his 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-3 victory over the sixth-seeded Lucas Pouille.

Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam title victor who is building up for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title next month, next faces 2016 Halle champion Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals. Khachanov then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker.

The 35-year-old Swiss will face fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev or Richard Gasquet in Sunday's final.

The Swiss will head to England this week as one of the favourites, along with French Open victor Rafael Nadal and defending champion Sir Andy Murray, although the Briton's recent form is patchy.

Prior to Sunday's final, Halle already represented the happiest of hunting grounds for the 18-time grand slam champion; Federer has won more tournaments in the German city than any other.

He also beat Federer in last year's Halle semi-final, but this time he struggled to impose himself against the veteran, who dropped just nine points on his serve.

"I think the second half of the season is going to be really, really interesting", added Federer, who is returning after taking 11 weeks off the Tour to prepare for his pursuit of an eighth title at Wimbledon. I have played three times against Roger and twice I won. Zverev proved too hot to handle for former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian Open, re-assuring the tennis world that he was headed for greatness in the coming years. "I'm feeling excellent and it's a pleasure to be back", said Federer, who skipped the clay-court season to rest. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov won his quarterfinals match to advance. "For the others, I think Andy (Murray) was just extremely exhausted after getting to World number 1 at the end of previous year". "Of course I'm upset with the loss, but going into Wimbledon I feel very confident I can make a deep run there".

Mayer, 33, squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.

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