Federer demolishes Zverev to win ninth Halle title

Roger Federer will play in an 11 Gerry Weber Open final in Halle on Sunday after battling past 21 year-old Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Roger Federer remains on course for a ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle after defeating Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals.

The 35-year-old Swiss star will be chasing his ninth title on Sunday at the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany.

Federer, who won the Australian Open this year, skipped the entire clay-court season to prepare for Wimbledon.

A drop shot put Federer 5-2 ahead and he sealed victory two games later on his first match point with a crosscourt volley.

The 28-ranked Khachanov fired a backhand long in the breaker to send Federer through to a showdown with Zverev.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet also reached the last four, edging past Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 3-6 6-1 and looked to be hitting top grass court form at just the right time.

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"It was perhaps not always very handsome to watch, but it's good to be in the final in the second tournament after my return", the Swiss said afterwards.

"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. "Probably it's one of the dream finals of the tournament and I'm very much looking forward to it".

This is set to be a really interesting match as it is between two players are at two very different stages of their career.

The Australian Open champion did not lose a set in Halle as he won his 92nd ATP Tour title to prepare for SW19 in the flawless manner.

"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", Federer said.

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

However, he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in three sets in the semi-finals at Halle in 2016.

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