Fed­erer stunned by Ger­man teenager

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

HALLE WESTFALEN, Ger­many—Teenager Alexan­der Zverev caused a ma­jor shock as he beat eight-time win­ner and top seed Roger Fed­erer in the Halle grass­court semi-fi­nals on Satur­day.

Er­ror-strewn Fed­erer’s vul­ner­a­bil­ity on his favourite sur­face could per­haps be ex­plained by a back in­jury that made the 34-year-old miss last month’s French Open, but this was not the buildup to Wim­ble­don that the Swiss ace wanted.

The 19-year-old Zverev tri­umphed 7-6 (7/ but I’m happy with my per­for­mance to­day.”

The vet­eran Fed­erer, a 17-time Grand Slam win­ner, won the last three Halle Open tour­na­ments but he met his match in the spir­ited world num­ber 38.

Just over a week be­fore the start of Wim­ble­don, it was the sec­ond semi-fi­nal de­feat in a row on grass for the world num­ber three af­ter Thiem beat him in Stuttgart last week.

Fed­erer hasn’t won a Grand Slam since Wim­ble­don in 2012 and given the form of world

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