Federer demolishes Zverev to win ninth Halle title

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Eight-time champion Roger Federer defeated Germany's Mischa Zverev 7-6 (4), 6-4 to book his quarterfinal place at the Gerry Weber Open on Thursday.

Next up for the 35-year-old Swiss is Alexander Zverev, who ousted Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"I would say that's the best performance I've seen from Roger Federer this season", Barry Cowan applauds the 18-time Grand Slam champion after his flawless display of grass-court tennis in Halle.

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

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"Everything has been geared toward that for the past 12 months and I'm happy with how I feel at the moment", Federer said before his match with Khachanov.

Despite a shock exit from Stuttgart on his comeback last week, Federer has improved in Halle and has not lost a set.

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Zverev, 20, battled hard to stay with his illustrious opponent at the start of the second set, but failed to make any inroads into the Federer serve. Federer advanced when Khachanov lifted a backhand long on match point.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after beating Germany's Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal of the ATP tournament in Halle, Germany, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Also in action is Alexander Zverev.

"I felt good and never let up", said Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve. Federer though is undoubtedly the greatest grass player of all time, and is in the best form he has been in for quite a while.

Zverev is regarded as one of the world's most promising young players and climbed into the top 10 earlier this year after winning three tour titles.

Federer has reached his 11th final in Halle without dropping a single set. "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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