Zverev To Face Federer At Halle Open

Twenty-year-old German Alexander Zverev defeated Richard Gasquet at the Halle Open in Germany on Saturday.

His hard fought three set win means Zverev now goes on to face Roger Federer in a rematch of last year’s semi-final, which the German won.

Zverev booked his second successive final spot when he beat Frenchman Gasquet 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Gasquet, a two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, grabbed the first set against Zverev with a break at 5-4.

But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist last year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.

Roger Federer,
Federer

The world number 12 booked his final spot after breaking at 3-3 and finishing the Frenchman off with another break to set up the showdown with Federer.

On the forthcoming clash with Federer, Zverev said, “Well, it’s a final. He’s playing really good tennis. It’s going to be a very tough match. I’ll prepare myself the best I can, but he’s definitely the favourite in that match.”

Federer Cruises Past Defending Champ Mayer Into Halle Semis

Top seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event.

The 18-time grand slam champion, whose last title at Halle was in 2015, skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, to prepare for grass.

He will now face rapidly rising talent Karen Khachanov, who won his all-Russian quarter-final against Andrey Rublev 7-6(8) 4-6 6-3 to reach his first tour semi-final of the year.

Federer, who has yet to drop a set in Halle after crashing out of Stuttgart in his first match back last week, limited his serve-and-volley game against the German who is a fine returner and Mayer was broken quickly as his opponent won the first set.

The 33-year-old Mayer squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.

Gasquet And Khachanov Advance At Halle Open

Frenchman Richard Gasquet reached the last four at the Halle Open on Friday (June 23), edging past Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 3-6 6-1.

Haase had eliminated second seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round and looked to be hitting top grasscourt form at just the right time.

Gasquet will play the winner of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.

In an all-Russian quarter-final, Karen Khachanov beat Andrey Rublev 7-6(8) 4-6 6-3 to reach his first tour semi-final of the year.

He will now face 18-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, who cruised past defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4.

Nishikori Retires Injured At Halle As Wimbledon Looms

Kei Nishikori

World number nine, Kei Nishikori’s Wimbledon preparations suffered a setback on Thursday when he was forced to retire injured from his Halle Open round of 16 match against Russian Karen Khachanov.

The third seed needed to take a medical time-out to treat a hip injury before playing on for a few points and retiring with the score at 3-2 in the first set for the Russian.

Japan’s Nishikori later said the problem came on suddenly but he was hopeful of being fit again in time for Wimbledon which starts on July 3.

Khachanov will now play Andrey Rublev, who defeated fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.