Wimbledon seed not a motivating factor for imperious Federer in Halle

Jonathan Hernandez
June 27, 2017

140 Number of finals Roger Federer has entered, including today's Halle Open.

Top seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event.

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.

"I'm playing really well this week".

Khachanov, being fairly new to the tour, aged just twenty-one, and having only recently played his sixtieth tour level match, has not yet faced the veteran Federer.

"It's a boost for me personally, with my confidence, knowing that my body is in good shape. Alexander also played a great tournament", Federer said after winning the warm-up tournament for Wimbledon.

"I think going into Wimbledon he's going to be probably the favorite to win the whole thing", Zverev said of Federer.

The 33-year-old Mayer squandered two break-points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.

Federer's success was clinched with a 6-1 6-3 masterclass against Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

Federer had a busy start to the year including the capture of his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

Excepting Khachanov's second round match, from which Kei Nishikori retired after five games, the Russian has had to go the distance in every match at Halle. The match was the quickest final in the history of the Halle Open. Zverev gave away the opportunity to break at the starting of the second set and could not capitalise in early games.

With the Halle Open victory, Federer, with 92 career ATP titles, is now third in the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) for most championships in the Open era.

Federer's 92nd title moves him to within two of Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era titles list.

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