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Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev, Clinches Ninth Halle Title

Bernard Dayo

Roger Federer has warmed up for Wimbledon by winning a record ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

The 35-year-old Swiss, who is aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th Grand Slam title, beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 in 53 minutes.

German Zverev, 20, beat Federer in last year’s semi-final.

Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev, Clinches Ninth Halle Title
Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his victory after the final match. Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

“It was by far my best match of the week. I’m feeling excellent and it’s a pleasure to be back,” said Federer, who skipped the clay-court season to rest.

Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve, has won four titles this year, a tally matched only by long-time rival Rafael Nadal.