Federer one win from 99th ATP Tour title

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There were four consecutive breaks of serve during an erratic second set, but a big forehand victor earned Simon a crucial third break and a 5-4 lead that he did not relinquish.

Roger was magnificent behind his first serve, winning 32 out of 34 points and saving three out of five break points, creating the same number of chances on the other side and converting three to wrap up the win in straight sets and made his crowd erupting in joy. The Romanian had already upset 2016 champion and third seed Marin Cilic in the second round.

"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far".

"For those who do not speak such good German and Swiss-German, thank you very much for coming", he said.

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The 28-year-old outsider fired 26 aces, with his impenetrable service game laying the basis for a surprise win. "It was dream run for me", Federer said in his acceptance speech, before his fans' ovation brought tears welling in his eyes.

Earlier, Germany's world No.5 Alexander Zverev overpowered Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to claim a straight sets 7-5, 6-3 victory for his place in the semi-finals. "I'm not sure. But anyway, I'm excited", Federer said.

"But winning is fun, winning gives you confidence and that's what I'll need if I want to do well in London and beat the best over there, so I hope that this confidence I gained from here is going to help me there". In the quarters, Federer found himself in 2-5 trouble after another sluggish start, with Simon quickly finding his range against the number three.

Federer surged into a 3-0 lead in the decider, only to for Simon to once again show his battling qualities to break back in game seven.

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But the margin lasted for only two games as the Swiss dropped serve for the fourth time to trail 4-5 as Simon struck a down-the-line victor.

Simon found level-pegging for 4-all.

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