Halle Open: Roger Federer defeats Karen Khachanov, faces Alexander Zverev in 11th tournament final
Roger Federer has yet to drop a set in Halle, where he was playing his 13th consecutive semi-final.
Berlin: Roger Federer, chasing a ninth title at the Halle grass court tournament, despatched Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on Saturday to move into the final.
The world number five, building up to an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title in July, will now face German fourth seed Alexander Zverev who saw off France's Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Federer, 35, has yet to drop a set in Halle, where he was playing his 13th consecutive semi-final.
"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set. I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the tiebreaker,” said Federer who first reached the Halle final in 2003.
Federer defeated Zverev's older brother Mischa in the second round this week.
However, he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in three sets in the semi-finals at Halle in 2016.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Empty stadiums, pandemic, scheduling get in the way of tennis players and Olympic dream
A big bunch of tennis players are giving the Tokyo Olympics a miss due to injuries, scheduling concerns, pandemic, absence of fans and strict COVID-19 rules.
Roger Federer has announced that he's withdrawing from Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to an injury he sustained during the grass court season.
In Numbers: Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon, goes level with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles
With his sixth Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic equalled the record for most Grand Slams among men with his storied rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.