Top seed Roger Federer will play in an 11th Gerry Weber Open final on Sunday as he outplayed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6(5) in the semi-finals on Saturday.Also Read - Roger Federer Opts Out of Australian Open 2022, Gives Update on Future Plans: My World Will Not Collapse if I Never Play Grand Slam Final
The Swiss star clinched the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami titles this year, skipped the entire clay court season in order to improve his chances of winning a record eighth title at the All England Club. Also Read - Novak Djokovic is The Greatest of All Time - Pete Sampras Reignites GOAT Debate in Tennis, Rates World No.1 Serb Ahead of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
Federer will go for his ninth title in the German city, which would mark the first time he has won a tournament as many times. The 18-times grand slam champion first reached the Halle final in 2003 and went onto defeat German Nicolas Kiefer for the crown. Also Read - Andrey Rublev Storms Back Into Form, Overcomes Stefanos Tsitsipas in Nitto ATP Finals
Federer and Khachanov exchanged breaks to start the match but the Swiss maestro broke once more and rode the early advantage to a one-set lead. Later, in the second set, the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points.
Khachanov even had two set points on Federer’s serve at 5-6 but was unable to convert either as the world number five recovered and forced a tiebreak. Federer converted his first match point to reach an 11th Halle final.
Federer, who was stunned at Stuttgart Open as he was sent out from the first round of the tournament, improved remarkably in Halle and is yet to drop a set in Halle this week. On Sunday, he will meet either German Alexander Zverev or Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Federer hasn’t played for the trophy at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament since 2015 but he has reached the final in four of his six tournaments this year.