Roger Federer demolishes Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle Open title

first_imgRoger Federer defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record ninth time on Sunday.Playing in his 140th career final, Federer saved the only break point he faced and converted four of his eight opportunities to clinch his 92nd career title in 53 minutes. At 35, the Swiss player became the oldest winner of the grass-court tournament.”I played unbelievably well. I felt good and never let up,” said Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve. “It was my best game this week. Nearly everything worked out for me.”Federer, who skipped the clay-court season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael Nadal’s tally, and he will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.Federer had already won the Australian Open before titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2017.The 18-time Grand Slam champion was surprised by German veteran Tommy Haas on his return from the two-month break last week in Stuttgart but brushed off any doubts over his form in Halle.Against the 20-year-old Zverev, who lost last year’s final to Florian Mayer, Federer raced to a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the first set in 22 minutes. Zverev created his only break chance in the opening game of the second, but ultimately was unable to show why he is regarded as one of the sport’s brightest prospects.”You could have been a bit nicer and allowed me a couple more points,” Zverev joked to his idol.advertisementFederer had words of affection for Zverev, who won their semifinal in Halle last year.”He’s a very nice lad. I’m very happy for him, how he’s developed in the last years. The future belongs to him,” Federer said.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at moaning Arsenal legends

first_imgArsenal Wenger hits back at moaning Arsenal legends: ‘They had their weaknesses’ Last updated 2 years ago 15:12 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League The Gunners boss is disappointed to have seen the likes of Ian Wright and Paul Merson criticise both him and the club on a regular basis of late Arsene Wenger has hit back at the criticism being levelled at him and Arsenal by club legends such as Ian Wright and Paul Merson.A number of former players have been outspoken in their views of goings on at Emirates Stadium over recent weeks.Arsenal 15/2 to beat Bournemouth 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Wenger’s decision to pen a new deal sparked intense debate on the back of a fifth-placed Premier League finish in 2016-17, with a slow start to the current campaign doing little to aid his cause.Transfer dealings in north London have also been questioned, with only two additions made and several high-profile contracts running down, but Wenger believes those with strong ties to the club should be more supportive and acknowledge that they were far from faultless during their playing days.He said: “I always have problems understanding what a legend is and isn’t. I’ve had all the players here, but they all had their weaknesses as well.“They had their weak games as well, and their weak behaviours as well. Nobody was perfect.”We have to take a distance with that as well, focus on our performance and not be dragged into any animosity.“We are all grateful for what they have done for the club, but what matters is always the players on the pitch who can defend the pride of the club.”Arsene Wenger Arsenal legend criticsFormer striker Wright has regularly aired his frustration, with Arsenal’s apparent reluctance to address their failings incurring his wrath.He recently told Radio 5 Live: “When you go through the list of everything that is going wrong, and you’ve got to throw in recruitment – whoever’s doing the recruitment, someone’s got to have a massive, massive word – it’s an absolute shambles and I’m really gutted for everybody involved.”Merson, meanwhile, took aim at the current Arsenal squad following a humbling 4-0 defeat at Liverpool prior to the international break.He wrote in the Daily Star: “Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool was the worst I have EVER seen under Wenger. It was shambolic, horrendous. I think the players have lost all respect for him. But I think the fans are losing all respect as well. They are playing for Arsenal and they are turning it into a mockery. They are embarrassing the football club.”Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Martin Keown are among the other ex-Gunners to have criticised the club, and Wenger’s role.Arsenal will get the chance to return some positivity to the ranks on Saturday when they return to domestic action with a home date against Bournemouth.last_img read more