Federer dominates to win ninth Halle title

Roger Federer in action in Halle

However, 21-year-old Khachanov rallied and force two set points which would have taken the match into a decider before Federer, an 18-time Grand Slam victor, closed out the tie-break.

He and Khachanov, 21, traded breaks in the first two games but Federer grabbed a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point.

From the start Federer piled on the pressure to establish a 4-0 lead meanwhile local hero Zverev was unable to gain a foothold into the first set.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who upset Federer 12 months ago, will face Gasquet after a 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. "It was by far my best match of the week".

Maclagan said: "I think Federer has moved the goalposts, not just in tennis but probably throughout sport. It could be somewhat similar to how I played today".

Rome Masters champion Zverev had won all three of his previous finals this season, but was blown away by a vintage performance from 18-time major champion Federer in only 53 minutes on Sunday.

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Chasing his ninth title at the grass-court tournament, Federer was serving for the match when he was broken by Khachanov.

Federer had already won the Australian Open before titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2017.

The Swiss top seed, bidding for an historic ninth title at the grass venue whose stadium and ground are styled after Wimbledon, needed four match points over two games to advance to the final four on Friday, securing victory through a forehand victor after 66 minutes.

But Zverev, ranked No. 12, had no answer for Federer's aggressive play and near ideal execution.

"It is unbelievable how he plays with 35 years".

Zverev, 20 and the youngest player in the world top 40, is looking to make the Halle final for the second successive year after losing to compatriot Florian Mayer in 2016. "I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the tiebreaker", said Federer, who first reached the Halle final in 2003, when his opponent on Sunday was just 6".

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