A 16th Grass title and 92nd overall for the GOAT has he took down his 9th Halle crown flying to a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Alexander Zverev under the roof at the Gerry Weber Stadion.
The Swiss Maestro has delivered hard court masterclasses in Melbourne, Indian Wells and Miami so far this year but today it was the turn of the grass. Zverev had no answers for Roger's variety and execution on this surface which saw him take home the trophy in just 53 minutes and head into Wimbledon with confidence and more importantly plenty match practice under his belt.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. The Swiss was able to set out his stall early, throwing in a slick drop shot to make 0-30 and then firing an inside in forehand winner to break for 1-0.
Khachanov returned the Federer serve with interest yesterday, but today Roger was able to pick his spots, and he held to 15 for 2-0. Zverev then found himself under more pressure, saving a break point at 30-40 only to come undone yet again by a masterful drop shot and fall 3-0 behind. A love hold followed for 4-0 and Zverev was in bagel territory at 0-30, but he dug in to hold. Roger then held to 30 for 5-1 and got his third break of the set to take it 6-1. Very much in the zone and swinging freely he even had to stop to check the score at 30-40 😆
It's not always easy to keep momentum after such a one-sided set and Federer didn't have it all his own way at the start of set two, having to find a line finding serve to save break point en route to holding for 1-0. The drop shot extravaganza continued in game three and saw Zverev take a tumble trying to track one down as Roger held for 2-1.
A love hold at 2-2 put the Swiss 3-2 in front, and despite Zverev starting to serve better, he was undone by Roger's variety to fall 2-4 behind. A hold to 15 put Roger within touching distance at 5-2, and although Zverev held for 3-5, the Swiss served it out with aplomb, hitting two sick volleys to take it 6-3 and win his 9th Halle title.
|Roger Federer||Alexander Zverev|
|First Serve Percent||67%(28/42)||73%(36/49)|
|1st Serve Points Won||93%(26/28)||53%(19/36)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||50%(7/14)||38%(5/13)|
|Break Points Saved||100%(1/1)||50%(4/8)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||47%(17/36)||7%(2/28)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||62%(8/13)||50%(7/14)|
|Break Points Converted||50%(4/8)||0%(0/1)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Net Points Won||71%( 10/14)||22% (2/9)|
|Total Service Points Won||79%(33/42)||49%(24/49)|
|Total Return Points Won||51%(25/49)||21%(9/42)|
|Total Points Won||64%(58/91)||36%(33/91)|
Shot of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
A top class performance from Federer here who came out with the peRFect gameplan to stop Zverev drilling balls from the baseline.
After having to scrap out a win against hard hitting Khachanov yesterday, it looked as though today could be a tricky encounter against an equally big hitting opponent but Fed had other ideas. He served and volleyed, drop shotted, sliced and mixed it up throughout to frustrate Zverev and prevented him getting into any sort of groove.
Heading into the final Zverev had won 46 of 48 service games, but Roger seemingly broke him at will. Opting to receive at the coin toss he restricted Zverev to just 42% of points behind his first serve in the first set while winning 100% of points behind is own. Just clinical stuff and when the match is played on Federer's terms it's nigh on impossible to come out on top.
Finally big up Ljubicic, I obviously don't know the guy at all but from what us mere mortals get to pick up on the cameras or courtside he looks like a top guy to have in your corner. He comes up with some very smart gameplans and no doubt had a big a hand in today's clinic. And the best part? Nobody really talks about him 🙂 it's all about the ‘super coaches' who parachute in for two weeks at a time. But anyway I have a feeling that under the radar is just how he and the whole team like it.
Next stop SW19. Wim8ledon? Long way off but never say never 🙂 As usual, let me know your thoughts in the comments.