Roger Federer wins tenth title in Halle - Sport
- Roger Federer won the tennis tournament in Halle for the tenth time.
- So far, only Rafael Nadal has been able to win so many titles in the same tournament.
- The Triumph Federers also shows: The Swiss is ready for the grass tournament in Wimbledon.
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has won the ATP tournament in Halle / Westphalia for the tenth time. The 37-year-old defeated in the final on Sunday the Belgian David Goffin, who had turned off in the quarterfinals Germany's top player Alexander Zverev, after 1:23 hours with 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 1.
His 102nd title on the tour was a special one for Federer: he had never won a tournament ten times. He is now the only player in addition to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (twelve titles at the French Open, eleven victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona), who can have a double-digit number of titles in a tournament in the Open Era. At the same time Federer is by his victory at the Noventi Open the oldest player since Ken Rosewall, who wins a title on the ATP Tour. The Australian legend had triumphed in 1977 in Hong Kong at the age of 43 years.
One day after the easy semi-final victory over the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Federer had to work hard on the tattered pitch. In front of 11,500 spectators, the top seed was the first to get into a tough situation. A 0:40 was the favorite at 2: 2 and his own serve opposite, but he freed himself. Federer also ran behind in the next two serve games.
The former top ten player Goffin had unnerved the Hamburg Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. Now the only 70-kilogram 28-year-old from the Belgian Rocourt with his constant game also presented problems to Federer in the first set and forced him into the tie-break. Only after the world ranking third from Basel, the tiebreak decided clearly for himself, the resistance was broken.
Federer seems to be ready for his favorite tournament
In the second set the world ranking 33 allowed. Goffin the audience's favorite with a double fault in the first game, the first break of the game. One year ago, Federer missed his jubilee title when, surprisingly, he lost to Croatia's Borna Coric in the final. Now he also celebrated the 102nd title of his career.
Federer has a lot of plans for the grass classic Wimbledon, which starts on July 1st. The fact that he can make it even in the semifinals on the exhausting sand even at the French Open in Paris, has further strengthened the 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner. And he still does not have enough of tennis: "I think it's a bit of a pity if I go into the nostalgia a bit, that I'm almost practically finished with my career," Federer had said.