The ten-time Halle champion Roger Federer will seek another title at one of his favorite tournaments this June, committing to play the Noventi Open for the 18th time! The organizers have confirmed four players for this year’s edition so far, with Kei Nishikori, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov to challenge the mighty Swiss en route to the title. Roger made a debut in Halle in 2000 and scored seven wins in the first three trips to Germany. Since 2003, Roger has lost only four matches in Halle, dominating year after year and winning ten titles until 2019. Between 2003-2010, Federer scored 29 consecutive victories in Halle before Lleyton Hewitt stopped him in 2010 final. Since 2013, Federer has won five trophies in Halle, losing the final to Borna Coric in 2018 and regaining the trophy 12 months later.
Roger Federer will play in Halle for the 18th time, seeking the 11th title.
Chasing the tenth title, Federer toppled David Goffin 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 23 minutes two years ago for his 102nd ATP title. Competing at one of his favorite tournaments for the 17th time, Roger advanced to the 13th final and went all the way to become the second player in the Open era with at least ten titles at a single ATP event. Reaching the first ATP final in over a year and a half, Goffin gave his best to follow Federer’s pace in the opening set, serving well and creating three break points, not converting any and dropping the tie break 7-2.
That was the turning point of the encounter, and the Belgian had nothing left in the tank in set number two, getting broken thrice (five double faults) and allowing Roger to march towards the finish line. Overall, it was a rock-solid performance from Federer, surviving that one loose service game and dominating the rest of the clash with 23 winners and 14 unforced errors in comparison to Goffin’s 17-29 ratio. The Swiss was almost perfect at the net, keeping the points on his racquet and emerging at the top in that challenging opening set, never looking back in the quest for the tenth trophy in Halle, 19 years after making a debut at this event!