World number five Roger Federer delivered a tennis masterclass to beat rising star Alexander Zverev in under an hour to claim a ninth title in Halle by 6-1, 6-3 on sunday.
Italian Open champion Zverev had won all three of his previous finals this season, but was blown away by a vintage performance from the 18-time major champion in only 53 minutes.
“I played great, I felt good from the start,” said Federer.
“It was by far my best match of the week. After my long break, I’m feeling excellent and it’s a pleasure to be back and I’m fit for Wimbledon.”
The 35-year-old Federer, who skipped the entire clay-court season in order to be fully fit for Wimbledon, has still only lost two matches this year en route to four titles, including the Australian Open in January.
“My goal was to keep myself 100 percent for the grass season,” he added.
“I now hope that I’ll stay healthy in this second part of the season and we’ll see what happens.”
Zverev, who beat the Swiss in last year’s semi-final and has already won three titles this year, had a chance to break at the start of the second set.
But he simply could not discover a chink in Federer’s armour, even as he attempted to mix up his game by forcing the Swiss to come to the net more often.
A superb dropshot put Federer 5-2 ahead and sealed Zverev’s fate before he won the match on his first match point with a crosscourt volley.