Roger Federer moves into 140th career final at Halle

Federer suffered a shock loss to Tommy Haas in his first match on grass this season in Stuttgart last week, but followed up a straightforward win over Yuichi Sugita by beating Zverev 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in Halle on Thursday.

The 29-year-old from Germany was under pressure on his serve for the first time in the match. Already having displayed fine tennis at the tournament this week, Federer appears to be ready for Wimbledon. "I had lots of chances to even go up a double break in the second set".

Querrey, the 2010 Queen's champion, is no slouch on grass either, but Muller held his nerve in two tight sets to clinch his first win over the world No 28.

The third seed needed to take a medical time-out to treat a back injury before playing on for a few points and retiring with the score at 3-2 in the first set for the Russian.

"He uses slice, he comes in, he chips and charges, he loops the ball and serves/volleys a little bit, so he's really going to throw everything at me", said the Swiss great. Zverev dropped the first set in a tight tiebreak, which he lost 8 points to 6.

Zverev defeated Spanish seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 while Gasquet saw off Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Federer will now play Alexander Zverev in what will be his 11th final in Halle alone. Federer advanced when Khachanov lifted a backhand long on match point. Mayer, who won the title a year ago, ousted Lucas Pouille in three sets. The eight-time champion takes on young Russian player Karen Khachanov in the last-four match later today in Halle.

"I thought I was very calm out there, even in hard moments", said Federer, who only returned to action last week in Stuttgart after a two-month break.

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