Federer on ‘Cloud Nine’ in Halle

Roger Federer admitted he felt as if he were on Cloud Nine following his record ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Sunday.

It wasn't just the fact that it was his 92nd career title, or that it was important in the build up for Wimbledon. More to the point, it was the way in which he dominated one of the game's brightest young stars. 

Federer needed just 53 minutes on the grass courts of Halle to defeat the talented Alexander Zverev in straight sets, a commanding victory given Zverev’s achievements this year, which included his first Masters 1000 title in Italy. 

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"It's great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you've been playing good tennis all week," said the 35-year-old in the post-match press conference.

"You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realise your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him.

"I'm like on 'Cloud Nine' right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It's a wonderful feeling to win here again because I'm not sure if I'll ever get a chance to win this again so it's important to enjoy this one."
 
Federer added that despite his flawless week going into the final, there was some doubt in his mind, fueled by his shock loss to Tommy Haas in the second round of the Mercedes Cup a week prior.

"I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing [in the second round, his first] round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did," confirmed Federer.

"So I'm happy to react right away and let that be forgotten and actually move on and remind myself I actually can play well on grass.
 
"It's a boost for me personally, with my confidence, knowing that my body is in good shape. Mentally, I'm fresh again and I've gotten used to match play." 

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