Tennis: Roger Federer loses to teenage Alexander Zverev in Halle

Roger Federer's attempt to win a ninth title at the grass-court tournament in Halle ended on Saturday as he was defeated in the semi-finals 7-6 5-7 6-3 by young German Alexander Zverev. Federer was the reigning champion in Halle and was about to reach a record 11th consecutive final at this tournament. Teenage Zverev was too strong though, especially on his service game.

Federer, the current world number 3, had not lost to a teenage player since almost 10 years ago when he was defeated by a young Andy Murray in Cincinnati back in 2006. This was the first ever win against a top ten player for Zverev. The young German is currently ranked 38th in the world. He dropped just four points on his serve in the opening set, delivering 14 winners en route to a 7-4 tie-break win.

Roger Federer fought back and took the second set with a break, but in the third set Zverev was pretty much flawless. The German teenager will meet fellow countryman Florian Mayer in the final, who defeated Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 in the other semi-final.

Alexander Zverev is 2/5 at Bet365 to win the final on Sunday, while Florian Mayer is 23/20 to win the title.

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  • United Kingdom kokanidja201


    Federer didnt play tennis in the way he knows. He made so many errors, stupid errors, that doesnt match whit such a champion like he is . He allowed him to lose from player who is 19 years old, and no.38 ranked. He must get back on training and restore old champion and No.1.

  • Serbia Milaneli


    Roger Federer just isn't playing on a level we got used to. He got "old" and that is simply a reality. His stamina is abandoning him, he cant keep up with young players who have all the strength in this world and are dreaming of defeating a player like Federer. Roger won every title outthere, his motivation is an issue aswell. I know that he probably loves tennis too much to retire, but after this season would be ideal time for him to consider that.

  • Serbia urkesh0rk


    I must say this is not suprise. I loved Roger Federer once. I still do. But his game has been going down and down for last year or two. He just cant compeate with Djokovic, Murray and other younger players who still got what it takes to compete at the highest level. I would love for Roger Federer to win one more grand slam and then he can retire and say to himself that he gave his best, won a title even if his years.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Cobra69


    Alexander Zverev is great player, I expect big things from him in future, he could be the new number one, I'm sure that he has potential for something like that. Federer is not playing good in this season, I think thah he should retire after this season, he is still great player, but his body is not listening, he is one of the best in history of this game, but everything has end.

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