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Federer wins historic 8th Wimbledon crown

Roger Federer won a record eighth title at Wimbledon, when he claimed his 19th Grand Slam championship trophy. He defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

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Federer wins historic 8th Wimbledon crown

Roger Federer won a record eighth title at The Championships, Wimbledon on Sunday, when he claimed his 19th Grand Slam championship trophy - now four clear of second-placed Rafael Nadal (15) in the all-time major titles list.

The third-seeded Swiss superstar achieved Wimbledon immortality and moved clear of seven-time titlists William Renshaw and Pete Sampras when he defeated seventh seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the final, watched by a capacity Centre Court crowd of 15,000 spectators.

“It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven’t dropped a set,” said Federer on BBC TV after the match. “It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much, really. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I’d be in a final again after last year, especially some tough losses in 2014 and 2015. But I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back. If you believe you can go a long way in your life. Here I am with an eighth title, it’s fantastic.”

With Federer’s fifth crown of the year, the Swiss rises to No. 3 - his highest rankings position since August 2016. He also joins Rafael Nadal as the second singles qualifier for the 2017 ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November.

In claiming the title in straight sets, Federer became just the second player to reign at Wimbledon without dropping a set in the Open Era, with Bjorn Borg (1976). He also joins Borg and Rafael Nadal as the only men to race through a major tournament on multiple occasions. He previously did so a decade ago at the 2007 Australian Open.

“Winning eight here is very special,” Federer said afterwards. “Wimbledon was and will always be my favourite tournament. My heroes walked the Grounds and the courts here. Because of them, I became a better player, too.

“I was just so happy that I was able to win here again because it's been a long road - tough at times, but that's how it's supposed to be. So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can't wait to savour and just enjoy. It was super special. To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me and truly amazing.”

It has been a vintage first half of the season for Federer, who improved to 9-0 against Top 10 opposition with a tour-leading fifth tour-level crown. Employing the same aggressive and authoritative gameplan that saw him prevail at Melbourne Park, seal the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami and notch a staggering ninth Gerry Weber Open title, Federer  dropped just four service games in capturing the Wimbledon crown.

It was a slow start for Federer on a crisp Sunday afternoon, striking an early double fault on game point and conceding a break chance to Cilic. But the Croatian squandered the opportunity and the Swiss seized the initiative, breaking immediately in the next game after racing to a 0/40 lead. Federer would break again for the opener behind a ruthless returning display, surging to a one-set lead.

An edgy Cilic would continue to succumb to Federer's pressure from the baseline. A backhand wide gave the 35 year old a quick break in the second game of the second set. An emotional Cilic was assessed by tournament doctors on the subsequent changeover and Federer would stay the course, breaking once again for a commanding 5-1 lead.

Cilic did well to make the third set competitive, but the seventh seed could not halt Federer's indomitable momentum. The Basel native would take the decisive break in the seventh game and did not look back, streaking to the title after one hour and 41 minutes. He would secure his eighth Wimbledon crown with his 13th ace of the match. It was a 93rd tour-level title and record 17th on grass for Federer.

Federer extended his dominant ATP Head to Head lead over Cilic to 7-1, defeating the Croatian for the second straight year at Wimbledon. The Swiss saved three match points in that quarter-final encounter at SW19.

“I never gave up throughout my career. I gave my best today and that’s all I could do," said Cilic. "I have had an amazing journey here and have played the best tennis of my life. I’d like to thank my team, they gave me so much strength. To all my fans in Croatia and here, it was really tough today. I gave it my all and I hope to come back here and go one better next time.”

Cilic was appearing in his second major final (2014 US Open). Champion at the 2012 Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, he was also bidding for a second grass-court crown and 17th in total at the tour-level. The 28 year old was vying to become just the second Croatian player to win the Wimbledon title, joining Goran Ivanisevic (2001).

Date: 16 July 2017, Source: ATP and Wimbledon

Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will play in his 11th final at The Championships after overcoming some big hitting from Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Friday. Federer still has not dropped a set at SW19 this fortnight and will be the favourite when he plays for his record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam crown on Sunday.

Federer will meet seventh seed Marin Cilic, who beat No. 24 seed Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in Friday's first semi-final. Cilic, the 2014 US Open titlist, reaches his second Grand Slam final.

Federer leads their ATP Head to Head series 6-1, including a 2016 Wimbledon quarter-final win. But the Croatian held three match points during that match and has beaten Federer in the latter stages of a Grand Slam. The 6'6" right-hander upset Federer in the 2014 US Open semi-finals.

“I'm in for a tough one. We had a great one here last year. At the US Open, he played unreal there against me,” Federer said.

“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.

“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I'm sure it's going to be a close match.”

The Swiss star was tested by Berdych, who beat Federer and Novak Djokovic en route to the 2010 Wimbledon final. But Federer served himself out of holes and came through in clutch moments to beat Berdych for the eighth straight time and improve to 19-6 in their ATP Head to Head series.

“I thought it was close. I was able to come up with the goods when it mattered. I played good in the breakers. I never played with any sense of panic, which is so important when it gets to crunch time,” said Federer, who saved five of six break points.

Breaks were traded in a patchy first set from both before back-to-back shanked errors off the ground from Berdych ended the opening set tie-break after 53 minutes.

With neither player able to break in the second set, again it would be decided in a tie-break. And it was here Federer shone. Three straight crosscourt forehand winners saw him carve out a 4-1 lead. Barring a fourth double fault of the match, he punched his card with a two-set lead, 7-4, on a backhand error from the Czech.

Federer saved a pair of break points with back-to-back aces to hold for 3-3 in the third set and it would be his last serious test.

He broke the following game when Berdych pushed wide and went on to close it out on his second match point; a backhand dumped into the net consigning Berdych to a second straight Wimbledon semi-final defeat.

“I mean, he's playing barely with any mistakes. He was controlling the game pretty well. Even those two sets in the tiebreak, I was still the one facing more break points,” said Berdych.

“I don't see anything that would indicate really Roger is getting older or anything like that,” Berdych said about Federer's longitivity.

“I think he's just proving his greatness in our sport. So I think that's all I can say about that. That's very simple. This guy doesn't really seem like he's slowing down at all. He's doing things right way. You have to be a unique one for that.”

Victory makes Federer the oldest Wimbledon finalist since a 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up to Jimmy Connors in 1974.

It’s one match to go as Federer looks to continue leaving his mark on history in a big way.

Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge in the final if he has to beat 18-times grand slam champion Federer, who has yet to drop a set at this year's tournament.

“Over here in Wimbledon, I believe this is his home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play his best game,” he said.

“It's a big mountain to climb. Roger is playing maybe the best tennis of his career at the moment, having a great season.”

Date: 14 July 2017, Source: Wimbledon, ATP, and Reuters

Majestic Federer outclasses Raonic to reach Wimbledon semis

Anything you can do, I can do better. That was the way of Roger Federer on Wednesday when he produced an exquisite display of grass-court tennis to keep alive his quest for an eighth trophy at The Championships, Wimbledon.

In his 100th match (89-11) at the All England Club, Federer gave last year’s finalist Milos Raonic, the No. 6 seed, few opportunities to break in a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) quarter-final victory on Centre Court.

Watched by fellow tennis royalty Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, the third-seeded Swiss superstar exhibited his full armoury in striking 46 winners and committing just nine unforced errors. He will next play No. 11 seed and 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals on Friday. Federer leads their ATP Head to Head series 18-6.

“I'm playing very well. I'm rested. I'm fresh. I'm confident, too. Then great things do happen. Confidence is a huge thing. I can't believe it's 100 matches, it's a lot but I'm very happy my body has kept me going all these years,” Federer said.

With his closest rivals, World No. 1 Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, losing at Wimbledon on Wednesday, the stars are aligning for Federer in his attempt to capture a record eighth crown.

“Of course, I'm surprised to see them going out, also Rafa. But the other guys are playing well. On a grass court, the margins are small,” Federer said. “I wish them the best, that they come back strong again.”

Should Federer lift his eighth Wimbledon trophy on Sunday, he will join Rafael Nadal as the second qualifier for the ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November.

Federer, who has resisted the temptation to hit body serves at The Championships this year, aiming for placement over sheer power, kept Raonic on the stretch throughout their one hour and 58-minute encounter. Quick to the net in order to take time away from Raonic, Federer first broke in the fifth game with a running crosscourt forehand winner and later clinched the set with an ace.

Raonic was given little respite as Federer lost just two of 30 service points in the second set, which included 13 winners. Breaks of serve in the first and fifth games, kept Federer on the front foot as he won seven of the next nine games from a 5-4 first-set lead. Through two sets, Federer had committed just three unforced errors.

“I saw things very well. That helped me returning his serve as well. From the baseline, I felt like I had the upper hand, which wasn't necessarily the case last year, which helped me to stay more calm,” Federer said, comparing Wednesday's quarter-final match to their semi-final contest last year, which Raonic won in five sets.

Federer did not have things his own way in the third set, coming close to a 0-2 deficit, but for quick work in moving Raonic out of court at 30/40. The Canadian then pressed in the eighth game, but was unable to convert four break point opportunities. Without any tangible success, the pressure could have mounted on Raonic.

In an inevitable tie-break, Raonic came close to a 4/0 lead, but two aggressive groundstrokes, a reflex forehand volley, a backhand drop volley and forehand winner helped Federer to five straight points for a 5/3 advantage.

“You know you have to do a lot,” said Raonic. “It's a stiff task. It's a lot harder to do it than just to know it. He's moving well. I think the thing that I was most impressed with, at least the years I've been on Tour, is that he is extremely sharp mentally - always in the right moments. Just always on top of things. He kept a very high gear the whole entire time, without giving many real glimpses. I think that was the most sort of defeating thing.”

Federer smiled patiently at the suggestion that with three unexpected names in the last four, some now regard him as a near-certainty to lift the trophy on Sunday.

“Being the favourite or not the the favourite doesn't matter,” he said. “These guys (Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey) are all big hitters. They will have their word to say on the outcome of the matches. They've got big serves, big forehands, big hitters really. All three guys are taller and stronger than I am. I have to figure out a different way, carve my way through somehow with my slice and my spins, my consistency maybe.

“I don’t see myself playing better than a few years ago. Am I surprised by how I’m playing? Maybe a bit. The idea of missing the clay court season was to feel my best - yes, supercharged - in the second week of Wimbledon. I feel like it’s coming along nicely.”

Date: 12 July 2017, Source: ATP, Wimbledon and Reuters

Federer cruises into 15th Wimbledon quarter-final

Seven-time champion Roger Federer beats No.13 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to move into his 15th Wimbledon quarter-final in just 97 minutes. Federer now stands alone atop the Open Era list for most Wimbledon quarter-final appearances.

The 35 year old advances to his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final, another best in the Open Era.

Federer is now 6-0 against Dimitrov in their ATP Head to Head series. The Swiss right-hander has won all but two of the 16 sets they've played since their first meeting at 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel.

Dimitrov hadn't dropped a set during his first three Wimbledon matches and the 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist had looked primed to challenge Federer. But the third seed was nearly untouchable in the familiar Centre Court environment.

The two exchanged service holds until 4-4 in the first set, when Federer stepped up to break for a 5-4 lead. He'd serve the set out to love. Federer quickly pounced in the second set, seeing two break points at 2-2 after Dimitrov double faulted. The Bulgarian would finish with seven double faults for the match, compared to seven aces.

And Federer would need only one break point in that fifth game, converting it when Dimitrov slapped a forehand wide. The 26-year-old Dimitrov struggled to challenge Federer at all in his service games. At 6-4, 4-2, Federer's average service game was lasting only one minute and 21 seconds. For the match, the Swiss right-hander landed 70 per cent of his first serves and won 75 per cent of his service points.

“I can look at this quarter-final in a totally relaxed fashion. Physically I'm not fighting anything like last year with my knee. I'm ready to go this afternoon if I have to, which is great, but I don't have to. I think that's a great bonus,” Federer said. “Then again, the best players are left in the draw. It's going to be a tough one. I'm aware of that. That's why I can't think too far ahead. I think it's going to be a tough finish to this tournament.”

The third-seeded Federer has yet to drop a set this fortnight, but he will face a stern test in the quarter-finals. Federer will meet 2016 finalist Milos Raonic, who held his nerve - saving 14 of 17 break points - to overcome German Alexander Zverev 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in three hours and 23 minutes.

Tenth seed Zverev led by a set and 3-1 before sixth seed Raonic started his fightback, eventually finishing with 23 aces among 61 winners. There were only 17 rallies of nine shots or more.

Raonic beat Federer in last year's semi-final in five sets to reach his maiden Grand Slam title match, but Federer leads their Head to Head series 9-3.

Date: 10 July 2017, Source: ATP and Wimbledon

Federer through to Wimbledon fourth round

Third seed Roger Federer hammered 61 winners to just seven errors and won 83 per cent of his first-serve points to prevail over the 28th seed Mischa Zverev 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes. The victory puts Federer into the second week at Wimbledon for the 15th time.

“I had really good focus on my serve today. It was avoidable not to be broken in the first set, but then I hung on down break point at 5-5 in the first set. That was definitely a key moment. The serve is clearly important. Good servers do usually quite well here on the grass,” said Federer.

“It's important to get through the first week with a good feeling and I think I got that. The first goal is to get through to the second week and I am happy to sit back and relax and then come back on Monday.

“I had more problems with my cold than my opponents,” he said after a third successive match without dropping a set.

Federer improves his ATP Head to Head against Zverev to 5-0. Three of those wins have come on grass, including a straight-sets win two weeks ago at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and a double-bagel victory at that same event in 2013.

He'll next play 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov, who moved through after Dudi Sela was forced to retire because of a right adductor strain in their third-round clash. The Bulgarian was leading 6-1, 6-1 before play came to a close.

Federer leads his Head to Head against Dimitrov 5-0, but all of their meetings have come on hard courts. The Swiss maestro won their lone match at a Grand Slam in the third-round of last year's Australian Open.

“Grigor is stronger every time I play against him, he's at the perfect age right now, understands his game and is physically strong. I'm ready for a tough one but another exciting match because he's a great shot player.”

The 26-year-old Dimitrov is yet to drop a set as he prepares to contest the fourth round at SW19 for the second time. The right-hander went on to reach the semi-finals in 2014 (l. to Djokovic). He reached his second Grand Slam semi-final at the start of 2017 in Melbourne, losing out to Rafael Nadal in five sets.

Date: 8 July 2017, Source: ATP and Reuters

Federer eases past Lajovic into third round

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer admitted to feeling a few nerves at the start of his second-round match on Thursday against Serbian Dusan Lajovic. The butterflies affected his play as well, as Federer was broken in his first service game and fell behind 2-0 in the first set.

But the Swiss right-hander quickly resumed regular proceedings and dazzled a packed Centre Court crowd en route to reaching the third round at the All England Club for the 15th time. Federer advanced 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2 against Lajovic, who was looking to make the third round for the first time.

“I struggled early on,” Federer explained. “I couldn’t get rid of the nerves. It was a pity I couldn’t hold my serve. Even though I got back into the game after that because I broke him, I just struggled in that first set. After that I was happy to get rid of the nerves, just to play some free tennis, more inspired and at the end it was actually pretty good.”

Federer said he usually doesn't feel nervous before a match, even at Wimbledon. For instance, he felt fine before his first-round contest. But for whatever reason, the unsettling feelings came back on Thursday.

“I think in the third round I will feel better again. It's weird how sometimes you can be way more nervous for a second round than, say, for a final, believe it or not,” Federer said. “I'm happy I got through this one feeling the way I did, because in a way it's strange playing this way when you're so tense. Yet you have nothing to lose or in a way, that's what I'm telling myself, just play freely. It's not just that simple once you get out there.”

Federer will face a familiar foe as he attempts to make the second week of the grass-court Grand Slam: 27th seed Mischa Zverev of Germany, who beat Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and five minutes.

The 35 year old leads their ATP Head to Head series 4-0, including two wins earlier this season. Last month, Federer beat Zverev on the grass at the Gerry Weber Open 7-6 (4), 6-4 en route to his eighth Halle title.

“I have played him on several occasions now, and he's played me different every time. In Australia, he played me really close on the second serve and would try to attack me, everything that he saw that was short he would come in on. Whereas in Halle when I played him, he played from way back, which is highly unusual on the grass,” Federer said.

“I guess I don't know quite what to expect in the match on Saturday. But because he serves and volleys, points are played differently. Tomorrow and the next day I will train and warm up with left-handed players. I think that's always the biggest switch when you play against an opponent who is left-handed, that whole swinging serve, kicking serve, especially getting used to the returning is most important.”

Zverev has already matched his best Wimbledon result by reaching the third round. He plans to go all out against Federer during their fifth match-up.

“How am I going to approach that match? How do you approach matches against Federer at Wimbledon?” Zverev said, smiling. “I don't know. I think this time I will try to go all or nothing, maybe even more than before. First of all, I'm going to try to recover, feel 100 per cent, at least in the beginning of the match, then see how it goes. Hopefully he's going to have not his best day, 'cause if he has one of those days, it's really tough to beat him. It's very tough, believe me.”

Federer was broken only once against Lajovic. From there, the Swiss star was in control, winning 11 of the 12 final points in the first set to take the opener. He'd break Lajovic four times in the match and finish with 31 winners to only 15 unforced errors.

All facets of Federer's game were on point. He kept Lajovic uncomfortable with deep, flat groundstrokes and attacked the net just as well, winning 23 of his 31 net trips (74 per cent).

Zverev was glad to hear about one part of Federer's second-round match - the fact that the seven-time champion felt nervous. “Good, he's human,” Zverev said before laughing.

Date: 6 July 2017, Source: ATP and Wimbledon

Federer enjoys milestone day at Wimbledon

Seven-time champion Roger Federer became the Open Era match wins leader at The Championships on Tuesday, earning his 85th match victory at Wimbledon when Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov retired due to a right ankle injury down 6-3, 3-0.

Federer had been tied with Jimmy Connors of the U.S. at 84 wins. The 35-year-old Swiss reaches the second round at the All England Club for the 15th consecutive year and looked in form during the 42 minutes of action on Centre Court.

Federer hit 10 aces and never faced a break point during the first-round match. He also struck 18 winners and broke Dolgopolov three times to improve to 4-0 in their ATP Head to Head series.

With his 10 aces, Federer has now hit 10,004 aces. He joins Goran Ivanisevic and Ivo Karlovic as the only three players who have hit 10,000 aces since 1991, when the ATP started tracking the statistic.

Since 2003, led by Federer, who has won seven titles, a member of the 'Big Four' has won the Wimbledon title. When asked about their dominance, the Swiss admitted, "I think it's down to mind, fitness, tenacity, then talent as well. Put them all together, it's hard to crack us four consistently down. If you beat one of us, you might not beat the next guy.

"Plus we play all very different. Pick me, Rafa, Novak, how different we all play to one another. For a player to run through the three of us is extremely difficult. If you're ranked lower than us, that's who you have to beat maybe on the way to win the tournament. It just seems pretty rough."

Later in the day, eighth seed Dominic Thiem - a two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist - lost just 14 of his service points in beating Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes. The Austrian will now face France's Gilles Simon, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 winner over Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry.

Date: 4 July 2017, Source: ATP

Federer eyes return to Wimbledon throne

What a difference a year makes. It has been nearly one year since Roger Federer ended his 2016 campaign following a semi-final defeat at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic in five sets. One year since the Swiss hung up his racquet in order to continue to rehab his knee following surgery.

As all eyes once again turn to the All England Club for the Wimbledon Championships, Federer is back and ready to retake his throne. Fresh and fit, the 35 year old says the right preparation is essential to success. How does the seven-time champion get ready for his 19th consecutive appearance at SW19?

"Today, for instance, I was just trying to have good energy in practice," Federer told the assembled media on Saturday. "Short and sweet, just get it done. Tomorrow I'll be off. Then sort of basically resting, just making sure I come in fresh into that first round with the right mindset.

"I don't want to be at the mercy of my opponent. I want to take charge and play aggressive myself. So for that I need to be fast on my feet and quick in my mind. I just need enough rest so I can play enough inspired tennis.

"In practice itself, I'm just trying to play forward, serve-and-volleying some. Making sure I don't get stuck behind the baseline and just making shots. It's more being really proactive in practice right now."

Federer is bidding for his eighth Wimbledon crown, which would make him the all-time title leader at the All England Club. He is currently tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw with seven singles trophies. He would also join Rafael Nadal as the only players to win at least eight titles at a single Grand Slam tournament, with Nadal also achieving the feat at Roland Garros. The Spaniard holds the record with 10 titles after completing 'La Decima' last month.

Federer knows that he'll have his work cut out to lift the trophy again this year. With Nadal in top form after dominating the clay-court season, Djokovic on the heels of a title in Eastbourne and Murray the defending champion, it won't be a routine task.

"Depending how fit he is, if he's anything close to 100 per cent physically, I consider Andy one of the big favourites to win the tournament," Federer added. "It's that simple. It's the same for Novak and the same for Rafa.

"I think it's very even when we put it all out on the line. Everybody has their own little story right now. I feel like Andy's one of the best players in the first week at Wimbledon, so I don't worry too much for him there. He can play himself into shape hopefully for week two.

"Novak is just coming back from winning Eastbourne now. Rafa is coming in red hot from the clay. So I see it positive for them rather than negative in some shape. But I see that they are going to be tough to beat here."

Lleyton Hewitt was the last man other than Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray to win Wimbledon, back in 2002.

There appears little chance of that changing this year and Federer, bidding to win his 19th Grand Slam title, agrees that the big four are still head and shoulders above the rest.

"I do believe there are other favourites. I include the likes of Cilic into that, Stan, guys who have done it before. Zverev and Kyrgios have shown what they can do, how good they can be. The likes of Raonic and Nishikori and Dimitrov I think are in a good spot right now where they can go very deep and nobody would really be surprised," he said.

Federer is riding a wave of momentum into his 70th Grand Slam main draw appearance, having streaked to the title at the Gerry Weber Open without dropping a set. He has a 24-2 win-loss mark in 2017, also including victories at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, as well as his 18th major title at the Australian Open.

He will open with a tough test against the unpredictable Alexandr Dolgopolov. Federer has not dropped a set in three encounters, with their most recent meeting coming at the 2016 Australian Open. A potential second round date with young talent Stefanos Tsitsipas awaits, with Raonic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner also looming in his quarter of the draw.

Date: 2 July 2017, Source: ATP, Reuters and AFP

Roger Federer's Wimbledon 2017 Outfit




Roger Federer's Wimbledon 2017 Nike Outfit.

Date: 27 June 2017

Federer demolishes Zverev to win 9th Halle title

Roger Federer started perfectly and never looked back in the Gerry Weber Open final in Halle on Sunday, sprinting to a 6-1, 6-3 victory against rising star Alexander Zverev under the roof in Gerry Weber Stadion in just 53 minutes.

The dominating title victory gives Federer his ninth Halle crown, joining him with Rafael Nadal as the only two men in the Open Era who have won a tournament more than eight times. Nadal has won 10 Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona and Roland Garros titles.

Federer improves to 4-0 in title matches this season, having won the Australian Open, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. He and Nadal are now tied for the lead this season.

“It's great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you've been playing good tennis all week. You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realise your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him,” Federer said.

“I'm like on 'Cloud Nine' right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It has been a difficult year with a lot of practice, training and rehab so I am very happy to be back on the court. It's a wonderful feeling to win here again because I'm not sure if I'll ever get a chance to win this again so it's important to enjoy this one.”

The 35-year-old Swiss also shoves aside any worries fans or pundits might have had about his long layoff affecting his grass-court season. The veteran right-hander took off 10 weeks after winning the Miami title on 2 April, opting to skip the clay-court season to rest his body and hopefully stave off any future possible injuries on clay.

After losing in his return on 14 June to friend Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, Federer checked off five consecutive victories, including wins against Zverev and rising youngster Karen Khachanov, and heads to Wimbledon full of winning feelings. The Stuttgart defeat was the first time Federer had lost his opening match at a grass-court tournament since 2002 Wimbledon (l. to Ancic).

“I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing in the opening round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did. So I'm happy to react right away and let that be forgotten and actually move on and remind myself I actually can play well on grass,” Federer said. “It's a boost for me personally, with my confidence, knowing that my body is in good shape. Mentally, I'm fresh again and I've gotten used to match play.

“It was by far my best match of the week. After my long break, I'm feeling excellent and it's a pleasure to be back and I'm fit for Wimbledon. My goal was to keep myself 100 percent healthy for the grass season.”

Zverev also had been 3-0 in title matches this season before Sunday, having won in Montpellier (d. Gasquet), Munich (d. Pella) and Rome, where he beat World No. 2 Novak Djokovic for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. The 20-year-old German also had beaten Federer only a year ago in the same stadium, outlasting Federer in a three-set semi-final to reach the 2016 Halle final.

But the German had no answer for Federer's aggressive play and near perfect execution. Federer won the first seven points of the match, breaking Zverev to love in the opening game and holding to 15 to get the crowd behind him and to shock Zverev. Coming into the final, the German had lost his serve only twice all tournament, having won 46 of his 48 service games.

But after 22 minutes, Federer had already broken Zverev three times en route to a one-set lead. The Swiss was swinging freely from both sides, placing Zverev on defense from the start of nearly every point. And when Federer had Zverev feet behind the baseline, he would sagely deliver a drop shot and send Zverev sprinting.

Zverev, No. 12 in the ATP Rankings, regained some belief in the second set, seeing a break point in the first game. But Federer erased it with a service winner. The nine-time Halle champion won 93 per cent of his first-serve points (26/28). Federer clinched his 16th grass-court title with a backhand volley winner.

“I think Roger is playing really, really well. I think going into Wimbledon he's going to be probably the favourite to win the whole thing. So credits to him, he played an unbelievable match. Of course I could have played better but he didn't really let me play my best tennis. He messed with the ball a lot. He played very aggressive. I think he deserved to win,” Zverev said. “I think it was a very good week for me again making the finals here. Of course I'm upset with the loss, but going into Wimbledon I feel very confident I can make a deep run there.”

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

Date: 25 June 2017, Source: ATP and AFP