Federer Wins Halle Title; Kvitova Comes Back to Win Birmingham

Petra Kvitova came back to win a set down to win the Birmingham title.
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Roger Federer delivered a blistering performance on Sunday as he routed German Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 to win his ninth Gerry Weber Open title in Halle, Germany.

“It’s great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you’ve been playing good tennis all week. You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realize your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him,” said Federer. “I’m like on ‘Cloud Nine’ right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It’s a wonderful feeling to win here again because I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to win this again so it’s important to enjoy this one.”

Federer converted on four of his eight break point chances and saved the only one he faced to cruise past Zverev in just 53 minutes. He joins Rafael Nadal as the only players in the Open Era to win a single tournament more than eight times.

On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova continued her remarkable comeback to the tour by winning the Aegon Classic title in Birmingham, England. She came back to beat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the championship on Sunday.

“I just love grass. It feels like home,” the two-time Wimbledon champion said of returning to the grass-courts. “I love the movement on grass. I love the flat shots, I love the serve and volley, and the drop shots and the slice. I love everything about it.”