Friday 22 September 2017

Federer on cloud nine

Federer took just 53 minutes as he destroyed Zverev and will be much fancied to continue his superb form in 2017 when he arrives in Wimbledon as the No 3 seed. Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images
Federer took just 53 minutes as he destroyed Zverev and will be much fancied to continue his superb form in 2017 when he arrives in Wimbledon as the No 3 seed. Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images

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Roger Federer showcased his sensational form ahead of Wimbledon by breezing past Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 to claim his ninth title at Halle.

It was a thorough dismantling from the Swiss (pictured), who oozed confidence as he conceded just four games to the German in winning his favourite Wimbledon warm-up tournament yet again.

Federer took just 53 minutes as he destroyed Zverev and will be much fancied to continue his superb form in 2017 when he arrives in Wimbledon as the No 3 seed.

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova claimed a remarkable victory at the Aegon Classic title in Birmingham just six months after a career-threatening stabbing incident at her home.

Kvitova saw off Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-2 in only her second tournament since the start of her comeback at the French Open last month.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova was stabbed in the Czech Republic in December and could have lost her career, escaping instead with hand injuries. But in a stunning performance against Barty, Kvitova battled back from losing the first set and stepped up in the second half of the decider to seal victory.

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