Halle Open: Roger Federer breezes into quarters with straight-sets victory over Mischa Zverev

Roger Federer next faces 2016 Halle champion Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals.

AFP June 23, 2017 10:28:20 IST
Halle Open: Roger Federer breezes into quarters with straight-sets victory over Mischa Zverev

Halle: Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev.

Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam title winner who is building up for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title next month, next faces 2016 Halle champion Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals.

Halle Open Roger Federer breezes into quarters with straightsets victory over Mischa Zverev

File image of Switzerland's Roger Federer. AP

The 134th-ranked German made the quarter-finals by seeing off French sixth seed Lucas Pouille 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-3.

Federer now has a 4-0 record against Zverev including a win this year in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

However, the 35-year-old Swiss had a tougher time on Thursday against the left-hander than four years ago at the Halle event when he swept to victory without losing a game.

“It was totally different. He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn’t getting many looks,” Federer told www.atpworldtour.com

Federer came into Halle having lost to Tommy Haas in the first round at Stuttgart last week as he played for the first time in almost three months after opting to skip the clay court season.

Federer leads Mayer 7-0 in their head-to-head series.

"Mayer plays very different to everyone else. He uses slice, he comes in, he chips and charges, he loops the ball and serves/volleys a little bit, so he’s really going to throw everything at me," said the Swiss great.

"I think he’s most dangerous on the grass. He’s a tough customer, plus he’s the defending champion. He hasn’t had the best season so far, so there is a lot riding on the match for him as well as for me because we both want to go deep into this tournament.”

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