Federer Cruises to Ninth Halle Title over Zverev; Lopez Defeats Cilic for Queen’s Club Crown

published: Jun, 25, 2017

by: Nima Naderi

Gerry Weber Open—Halle, Germany

Top seed Roger Federer cruised to this ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday, dismantling Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3. Using his slice backhand to great effect, Federer needed only 53 minutes to collect his 92nd career title. Winning 93 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points, Federer broke serve on four occasions and never lost his own delivery. Improving to 2-1 against Zverev in lifetime meetings, Federer will now be ranked No. 3 heading into Wimbledon, behind Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

Zverev, who was looking for his fourth title of the season, continued to prove throughout the week that his overall game is suited to any surface on Tour.

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Aegon Championships—London, Great Britain

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez defeated No. 4 seed Marin Cilic on Sunday claim his biggest grass-court title to date, winning the Aegon Championships with a 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8) scoreline. In an encounter which featured a high calibre of grass-court tennis, Lopez struck 19 aces, won 77 percent of his first serve point and 69 percent of his second serve points. Saving match points in the third set tiebreaker, Lopez captured the title after Cilic hit a forehand wide.

Winning his sixth career title, Lopez also collected 500 ATP World Tour points for his efforts. The 35-year-old also improved to 3-5 against Cilic in lifetime meetings.

Cilic, who was aiming to win his second career Queen’s Club title and 18th of his career, will enter Wimbledon as one of the favorites for the title.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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