ATP 500HalleRoger Federer

Classy Federer Wins 9th Halle Title

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 Halle 9th Title

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 πŸ˜†

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.

Match Stats

  Roger Federer Alexander Zverev
Aces 4 5
Double Faults 0 0
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
Winners 22 12
Unforced Errors 8 12
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)
SABR 0 0

Shot of the Match

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Halle FInal 2017

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ As usual, let me know your thoughts in the comments.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Oh my, how did he do that. Who is this man? I thought he would get hammered by youth.
    Best tennis yet.
    These drop shots were sublime.
    Now the trauma of Wimbledon will be next.
    Why do we care so much? But we do. .

  2. [Finally big up Ljubicic]

    Glad you’re finally admitting it. πŸ™‚ During the Australian Open, I was convinced that Ljubicic was the biggest reason (of many) behind Roger’s recent [winning] form. Our man just needs to stay healthy.

    1. Thank God for Ljubicic! I had read a biography of Federer and remember that thay had a nice rivalry (kind of) going on in the early 2000s, with both at 3-3 wins each at a point, before Roger started dominating the H2H. Roger’s respect for the Ljubicic one-handed backhand may have influenced his decision to have him as his coach. Inspired decision, it must be said. Here’s being greedy and hoping for more….

    2. Totally agree! Has really been the difference! Reads the modern game brilliantly, enthusiastic not deferential!

  3. Quite amazing stuff from RF. Zverev only won 53% of points behind his first serve – on grass! That’s an outstanding return day.

    You’re right about Ljubicic. He’s been a great positive influence on Fed’s game. I’m sure he had a hand in Roger choosing to out-variety Zverev to death instead of going toe-to-toe with him.

  4. Jonathan,

    Please add Master in front of Class – as we all know Roger produced a masterclass display today. ? So happy for him. And yes, Lubicic has a ton to do with Federer’s success.

    Also, I respect Roger for sticking with him after all the injuries last year. Another guy would have let him go after all the troubles. But Roger stuck with him and now they both reap all the benefits. To me, Roger is a clear favorite at Wimbledon. As long as he gets through the early rounds, he’ll be fine. No one really worries me at this point.

    Roger should just rest now and get ready for an assault at the Wimbledon Title!!! ??

    1. Certainly was a masterclass.

      > Also, I respect Roger for sticking with him after all the injuries last year. Another guy would have let him go after all the troubles.

      Hahah what a nonsense thing to say. Why would have he got rid of Ljub? He was injured. If anything it’s the other way around, Ljubicic stuck with Federer. He could have easily gone and worked with someone else. Instead

  5. A great w8n from fed. He needs to be like this.. not stiff, plays freely… admittedly i thought it would be a long match but well im so happy that i was wrong.

    This is why i love fed coz he was fun to watch and
    I think he was beyond from everyone. He got a game plan well because he can execute it with his shot making skills as well as revise.his plan when he needs to. he can adapt…

    But still it amazed me how he do that kind of shots and can schooled those young guns…

    Gosh… he was out of this world…

      1. I just read a comment on YouTube that Feliciano Lopez is the unicorn of spanish tennis. Couldn’t agree more. Hahaha!
        This was a good day for tennis. One of many, that is…

  6. A pleasure to watch and an absolute pleasure to read thankyou Jonathan for your efforts and of course Roger whose talent, belief and work ethic elevates the game of tennis to otherworldly levels and gives us hope for an exciting Wimbledon ahead!

  7. What a match by Roger! Pure brilliance. Couldnt have asked for a more better prep heading into sw19. What brilliant execution by Roger-Ljubicic.

    For the first time in years I can call Federer as the favourite to go all the way for an unprecented 19 Grand Slams. I know its a long way to fo but a lot will depend on how he fares in week 1.

    I kinda resonate with Rogers mindset – its okay to lose. I wish he stays healthy and play tennis for more years in the future.

    Some more rest, some more practice. Wimbledon here we come.

      1. J do you think Fed is face for Wimby? Too far away?

        Also I called it today. Straights, strong, and the return of the STANHAND.

      2. He’s certainly the face of Wimbledon πŸ™‚

        But fave? Betting yes, but I think it’s quite wide open this year. Fed is no young man and there are plenty of dangerous players in the draw. So I’m not really full of expectation, just hopeful.

        Look at Cilic, if he can play that bit more clutch then he’s a big threat. And there’s a few others who have the type of big game that can click and storm a tournament. Then the regulars too. I dunno about Nadal seems unlikely but if he gets in 2nd week then can’t rule it out. I looked at Murray’s record today, has made the 2nd week since every year since 2005. That’s pretty impressive.

  8. RF: Devastation Mode “ON”

    And this is just the beginning of what could be a scintillating year from RF.

  9. Convincingly! What an amazing return to the variety & attacking that had done him so proud, when he’d seemed to be more reactive just yesterday! Agree about kudos due to Ljubicic; & I’m sure I remember, when he first joined the team, talk that it could be BECAUSE he was apparently known as a talented strategist & tactician. Perhaps saving the best for last was part of the strategy… In any case it’s a joy to see Fed flowing so freely against a talented opponent who’s beaten him before. Wowsa.

  10. We love you Roger and that beautiful game of yours.

    I didn’t get a chance to see any of it live though. Got up early this morning and boom the whole thing was over in a flash.

    I agree about Ljuberer. You could see the difference in Fed’s game at the AO and great strategy that he is deploying.

    IF and only if Roger wins Wimby will I forgive him for cutting the curls.

    My 1st win this year, so proud.

  11. Great match today! Federer was on song today. I was hoping for a much tougher test from Zverev. Was that Eva Herzegova posing with Federer during the trophy presentation?

  12. We want our very own “Der zehnte” next year. And on grass, not on some stupid gruntathon surface.

    1. Coudnt agree more, given the stringency for the grass court season and the unpredictable nature of the surface (unlike clay where you grind people down) Federer’s probqble 10 at halle would be phenomenal.

      Up until 2015 he basically had 2 grass court tournaments to play with. The man made 11 finals in Halle and is going pretty strong for his 11 at SW19 – out of this world.

      This is when I find Atp’s big title comparison for the big three risible! No grass court 1000’s and Federer still leads. Meh!

  13. Wimbledon Odds according to the bookmakers are getting smaller and smaller – installing Fed as a firm favourite at Wimbledon. I just hope that he recharges the batteries next week and gets ready. Nadal won convincingly at Roland Garros. Can Roger win convincingly at Wimbledon as well. Everyone seems to think so. I haven’t seen Roger as a firm favorite to win a Slam, let alone Wimbledon since the glory days.

    But I BEL19VE. πŸ™‚

    The draw is next Friday. So excited.

    1. The only problem I see is that Grass is more conducive for upsets than clay. So whereas Nadal and Federer might both be playing equally well on their respective surfaces (Roland Harris vs Wimbledon 2017), just by virtue of the court surface, a big hitting/ low ranked player has a far far higher chance of creating an upset on grass than on clay, where such play might just get you the odd break or set. That’s what I’m scared of – the one guy who plays like he has nothing to lose and is on fire the day he plays Fed.

  14. Hi Jonathan
    Great site, been a fan since it started but never got round to post. Just to say IF Federer wins the big W, he lifts the trophy with his 1,111 win!!! Just how apt would that be!!!!!

    1. Ah thanks very much πŸ™‚

      I always wonder how many people have read the blog a while and never commented so good to know you are one. I’m sure plenty have left when the comments got political when Fed was limping around back in Zurich last year so glad some have stayed πŸ˜†

      And that 1,111 number is something I didn’t realise. Quadruple Nelson. Better stand on one leg until he wins.

  15. Clear concise game plan! Draw him in, ask the question! Worked like a dream! Roll on Wimby 8 plse! Ps really delighted for Feli! Huge win! And Petra! Huge comeback! ???

    1. Yes, almost forgot that! Petra is back! I love her play when she’s on. Loved how she took down the over-hyped Bouchard for her second Wimbledon title. Hope she does well there this year, too.

    2. What a wonderful Sunday for 2 of my fave players – Roger and Petra. Wouldn’t it be nice for both of them to title SW19 titles together this year πŸ™‚ A fairy tale story

    3. I was glad Lopez, saved match point with a joke slice vs Berdych so well deserved. Usually titles elude that guy as no doubt he gets a bit tight so good to get one in the bag.

  16. 1 down…. 18 to go πŸ™‚
    And….. we will get there πŸ™‚
    You WILL make it happen Roger, even 25 πŸ™‚
    Love you soooooo much Goat πŸ™‚
    Congrats to us all πŸ™‚
    Time to partyyyyy πŸ™‚

    1. Ah cool! There’s a girl on Twitter who has done some decent drawings of Fed, you should send it to her I’m sure she will appreciate it @FeddyBeaar (or I can if you don’t tweet)

      Btw I hope that’s his bandana and not a bald patch πŸ˜†

      1. Hello Jonathan. The green bandana is, for sure, not Γ  Wimby one. And the curls were still there as well πŸ™‚ As I don’t Tweet, it would be great if you can transfer my modest watercolor to Feddybeear. Thanks Γ  lot for your site and have a nice day !

  17. Woo hoo, I’m on ‘Cloud 9’, too Roger!
    What a joy watching him GOATing. Totally agreed on Ivan, he’s a rock.
    Thanks Jonathan, for the great job whole week. Well done!

  18. Roger is on a roll now and it’ll take much more than a Nadal or Djokovic to stop him. He will take Wimbledon home this year and there really isn’t anyone who can stop im at this juncture if he continues to play like this.

  19. Thanks for a great post Jon. It was perfect execution of game plan to make Sasha uncomfortable with series of droppers and slices. It was JesusFed match, couldnt have asked better to his warm up to Wimby next week. I hope/pray for a good draw.

  20. Absolutely breathtaking shots of Roger in this final! Wimbledon should be his!
    PeRFect tennis no doubt.

  21. Yeah, great tournament this week. I was worried after losing in the first round to Haas but he’s gotten it back and now has more grass match practice than most of his main rivals. Whatever happens at Wimby I think Fed will be playing well there.

  22. Of course I’m impressed too and very excited about Fed’s performance this Halle final. But the confidence derived from that makes me nervous! Every time we think he has the win in pocket on beforehand, then…, Be nervous, please! Then the chance usually seems there! πŸ™‚

      1. So far this year, Federer has won the tournament he won in 2006. Right now it is just a coincidence. Federer hasn’t won the Sunshine Double in eleven years. It would be crazy if he wins Wimbledon just like in 2006. It would crazy if he won the same tournaments he won in 2006. The only differences from 2006 to 2017 is Federer doesn’t play Qatar, Clay season, Tokyo, Madrid(Indoor in 2006) here in 2017. He better win Cincinnati( lost to Murray in 2006). My point is for Federer to repeat his best season 11 yrs later would be wild.

      2. Yes. Federer did win the year end ATP finals in 2006 including finishing no. 1. If did that happened this year, it would be very impressive because the stage of his career and he was once ranked 17.

      3. Yes, as soon as he started playing again, this no. 17 proved unreal. He still plays absolutely brilliant. He even has new answers to heavy gunning power players – and is only really threatened by the casual hiccup – a danger to everyone.

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