Federer demolishes Zverev to win ninth Halle title

After clinching Grand Slam No. 18 at the Australian Open, Federer won back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami to storm into the World Top-4 after starting the year as World No. 17.

"Zverev was a little nervous in the first game as Federer made a decision to receive first, and that's understandable, but then all of a sudden the Swiss was a break up".

He will now play the victor of the other semi-final between Frenchman Richard Gasquet and local favourite Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, who had lost his first eight matches against top-10 players then beaten seven of the next 11 - including Federer in the semi-finals here past year - encountered the Swiss on one of his magical days.

The world number five, building up to an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title in July, will next face Karen Khachanov, who defeated fellow Russian Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8), 4-6, 6-3 in his last-eight clash.

But he struggled to impose himself against Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve.

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Zverev is also looking to become the only player this year to win titles on hard, clay and grass courts while the Swiss is targeting his ninth title here at the Halle Open.

Gasquet will now play the victor of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.

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.

"I don't really know what to say, that was fantastic", Zverev said.

Federer and Zverev come in this final on the back of winning all three of the finals they have competed in this year so someone's record is going to be broken today.

Zverev booked his second successive final spot when he beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 4-6 6-4 6-3. Zverev hopes to win his fourth title this season and his fifth title for his career. "He hasn't had the best season so far, so there is a lot riding on the match for him as well as for me because we both want to go deep into this tournament".

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