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.
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.
Results from the ATP tournament in Halle on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Alexander Zverev (GER x4) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3