Federer destroys Zverev in Halle final

World number five Roger Federer hammered Alexander Zverev in a near-perfect display to win a ninth Halle Open title on Sunday.

The 18-times grand slam winner crushed Zverev 6-1, 6-3, in just 54 minutes, and is looking primed to make a serious attempt at winning an eighth singles title at Wimbledon in July.

Federer was at another level on the Halle grasscourt and did not allow his 20-year-old German opponent to settle into any rhythm by mixing it up, especially with on his backhand by playing low slices and drop shots that destroyed his young opponent. 

In the first game of the match the 35-year-old Federer broke Zverev's serve to take control. He earned a second break point in the third game and won it with a volley then served to lead 4-0.

The Swiss star then went on to win the opening set 6-1 in 24 minutes. 

Zverev had a chance to break at the start of the second set but Federer was not to be denied and broke serve in the sixth game to lead 5-2.

Then two games later Federer claimed the match and title 6-3 on the first match point with a crosscourt volley.

In an interview afterwards the Swiss superstar, who skipped the claycourt season to prepare for the grasscourt season after claiming the Australian Open and titles in Indian Wells and Miami, said he was very happy with how things had gone.

"It has been a difficult year with a lot of practice, training and rehab so I am very happy to be back on the court," Federer said.

"I do not know if I will ever be going to win this tournament again so I will enjoy this one," he added.

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