Federer made a strong statement before the Wimbledon with an imperious display against the world number 12, Alexander Zverev.
The World No.5 Roger Federer, who is aiming for an eighth Wimbledon crown, won 6-1, 6-3 in just 53 minutes and clinched his 4th title of the year and a record 9th title in Halle.
The top seed lost his first match of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but was in imperious form all week at Halle.
Federer broke to love in the opening game, going on to take a 4-0 lead as Zverev struggled to find rhythm. Zverev managed to hold his serve at the third opportunity, but Federer broke again at 5-1 to claim the first set in just 22 minutes.
In the second set, Federer saved a break point in the opening game – the only chance created by Zverev in the whole match. Federer breaks Zverev in the 6th game. Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve sealed victory on his first match point with a cross court volley.
“I’m not sure if I am going to win this tournament again so I want to enjoy it as much as I can,” Federer said.
“It has been a difficult year, I have spent a lot of time on practice, training and rehab so it is nice to be back on court,” said Federer
He will next head into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, as the favorite to win an outright record eighth title.