Federer stunned by German teenager
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