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Federer thrashes Zverev to win ninth Halle title

HALLE WESTFALEN, GERMANY: Swiss great Roger Federer thrashed Alexander Zverev to win his ninth title at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Halle on Sunday. The top seed lost his first match of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but was in imperious form all week at Halle, culminating in the 6-1, 6-3 final victory over the home favourite Zverev. Federer will head into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, as favourite to win an outright record eighth title. Italian Open champion Zverev had won…