Roger Federer claims record ninth Gerry Weber Open title in Halle

Japan's Kei Nishikori returns a shot to Russia's Karen Khachanov during their match at the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle Germany Thursday

The 35-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent 2017 season as he has won four tournaments on the ATP Tour, including the Australian Open in January, but he confirmed he is going to savour his latest success, as he has also had to contend with fitness issues in recent times.

Federer, will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.

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.

The world No 7 has yet to drop a set in three matches en route to his fourth semi-final appearance at the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London.

Querrey, the 2010 Queen's champion, is no slouch on grass either, but Muller held his nerve in two tight sets to clinch his first win over the world No 28. 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.

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Lopez swept through the first tie-break to level the match, before holding on in increasingly gusty conditions for the sixth ATP title of his career.

Roger Federer defeated defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his 13th semifinal at the Gerry Weber Open on Friday.

Mayer was a 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-3 victor over sixth seed Lucas Pouille, while wildcard Andrey Rublev beat Mikhail Youzhny in an all-Russian second round match and will now face another compatriot in the form of Khachanov. I'm very happy for him, how he's developed in the last years.

Zverev has a very bright future in the game, and has a victory over Federer at this very venue. Federer served great, placing the first serves nicely, and he played against only 1 break point. But Federer has a lot more experience than his opponent, and is the king of grass court.

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