Federer Wins 10th Halle Title

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Swiss ‘maestro’, Roger Federer, won his 10th Halle Open title on Sunday, with a straight set victory over David Goffin.

Federer didn’t waste time before dispatching Goffin 7-6 6-1 in the final of the tournament.

The 37-year-old had struggled to find consistency throughout the competition, dropping sets to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut.

But he found it at the crucial period, when he started to dominate his 33rd-ranked opponent, breaking his serve three times in the second set.

His performance in the second set sends a warning signal to his main rivals ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on July 1.

The 20 Grand Slam winner will start as one of the favourites, along with French Open champion, Rafeal Nadal, Australian Open winner, Novak Djokovic, and rising star, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Federer has now won ten Halle titles; only two other players in the history of the competition have won the event on multiple occasions.

He is only the second man in the Open era to have ten titles or more, at an event joining Nadal, who has hit the mark at Roland-Garros, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona.

“It’s unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles,” Federer said.

He has now won eight of his past nine meetings with the Belgian.

 

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