Khachanov then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker. Roger raced to a 4-0 lead, breaking Sascha in games 1 and 3 to gain the authority in the first set, and he sealed it with the third break in the game 7.
Roger Federer showing his class, did not waste much time in clinching the second set and easily cruised to the winning mark.
“It was perhaps not always very attractive to watch, but it’s good to be in the final in the second tournament after my return”, the Swiss said afterwards. His quarter final opponent was Roberto Bautista Agut and after dropping the first set, but he would come back to win, and set up a semi-final against Richard Gasquet. Federer is 15-6 in his career in final appearances on grass.
The big-serving 35-year-old, ranked 32nd in the world, had lost on a tiebreak in his only previous final appearance in 2014, blowing a match point on the way, and he said: “I can not believe I have finally won this tournament”. In the victory, Zverev won 82 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points.
The Czech was playing her fifth match since the stabbing she suffered at her home in Prostejov six months ago.
‘It has been a hard year, ‘ he said after his win.
“It is unbelievable how he plays with 35 years”. Federer triumphed in their first meeting on clay in the 2016 Italian Open with a straight set win in the round of 32 while Zverev got a win in the 2016 Halle Open semi-final. Zverev has won eight of his last 10 matches on grass court.
Federer will enter the 2017 Wimbledon as the odds-on favourite after a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 victory to cap off another successful week in Halle.
However, that match was held over until Sunday when the rain set in again, meaning Cilic could end up completing three matches.
This is going to be a fun match between these two talented players, as Zverev is growing up before our eyes and Federer is, well, Federer. Make sure I serve well, because he can go through spells where he can serve big.