Roger Federer turns back the clock ahead of Wimbledon

Jessica Allison
June 29, 2017

The veteran Swiss, who is looking to win what would be an eighth Wimbledon title next month, will play Alexander Zverev after the German fourth seed came from behind to beat Richard Gasquet of France 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Yet to drop a set in the event so far, the 18-time Grand Slam victor will be looking for his fourth title of the year and ninth Halle title before hoping to achieve his main goal of winning Wimbledon.

Already boasting a win over Federer in their head-to-head record, the world number 12 is also looking for his fourth title of the year and his first at Halle, having lost in the final last year.

The 35-year-old Spaniard - who had spurned a match point in his previous final appearance against Grigor Dimitrov in 2014 - held on to triumph 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (10/8).

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Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Argentina's Juan Martin Del Portro during their quarter final match at the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on November 1, 2013 at the Bercy Palais-Omnisport (POPB) in Paris. He became the oldest victor at Queen in the Open era, surpassing Tony Roche, who was 33 when he won in 1978. Of course I could have played better but he didn't really let me play my best tennis. 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. "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". Zverev created his only break chance in the opening game of the second, but ultimately was unable to show why he is regarded as one of the sport's brightest prospects. It was quite quick, and usually in doubles the points are a little bit shorter.

"I thought it was extremely close-especially that second set", Federer said at his press conference.

"I'm like on "Cloud Nine" right now after the ninth win here in Halle".

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