Roger that, Federer. What a statement. Roger Federer clinches his 9th Halle title, adding to his massive overhaul of 92 titles in total, just shy of Ivan Lendl’s record of 94, third only to Jimmy Connor’s record of 109.
6-1, 6-3, clinical from start to finish, Federer effectively snuff out any rhythm of young Zverev that could have been lethal to this match. 15 years apart between them, Federer made light work of his opponent, ruthless on display, racing to a 6-1 lead in the first set. Zverev tumbled and fumbled around on the grass, but managed to aced and looked to build on some momentum in his 3rd serving game of the 2nd set, but ultimately proved too late as Federer managed to close out the match on serve.
Not only did he win his 9th title, Federer also did not drop a set en route to winning the grasscourt title, defeating the former 2016 champion, Florian Mayer, during the semi-finals as well.
Not all is lost for the young German, the youngest ATP player on tour currenty, Alexander Zverev is definitely an upcoming player to watch, having the height to fire missle-like serves and swing winners at 150kmph, I can safely say that Zverev could be a possible Halle champion in the near future, but for now, all credit goes to the already legendary evergreen player, Roger Federer.
With the 25th Gerry Weber Open finally concluded, all eyes are now fixed on the next Aegon Classic featuring big players like Djokovic all in action. Thereafter comes the much anticipated grasscourt Grand Slam of the year, the Wimbledon. And it is definitely save to say, with Federer back from his break and in imperious form, he looks to pose like an omninous threat to his opponents in Wimbledon.