Ten-time Halle champion Roger Federer will seek another title in one of his favorite tournaments this June, committing to play the Noventi Open for the 18th time. 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 his Halle debut in 2000 and scored seven victories in the first three trips to Germany. Since 2003, Roger has lost just four games in Halle, dominating year after year and winning ten titles through 2019. Between 2003-2010, Federer scored 29 consecutive victories in Halle before being stopped by Lleyton Hewitt in the 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. after. Chasing the 10th title, Federer defeated David Goffin 7-6, 6-1 in one hour and 23 minutes two years ago for his 102nd ATP title. By competing in one of his favorite tournaments for the seventeenth time, Roger advanced to the thirteenth final and went all the way to become the second player in the Open Era with at least ten titles in a single ATP event. Reaching the first ATP final in over a year and a half, Goffin did his best to keep up with Federer in the first set, serving well and creating three break points, converting none and dropping the tie break. by 7-2. That was the turning point of the match, and the Belgian had nothing left in the tank in set number two, losing his serve three times (five double faults) and allowing Roger to march towards the finish line. Japanese teen prodigy Shintaro Mochizuki recently explained why he thinks Roger Federer is different from the other active players on tour right now. Speaking in an interview with ATP before his first-round match in Miami, the 17-year-old first narrated an anecdote about trading hits with his ‘hero’ Federer himself.
Mochizuki comments on Roger Federer
“He’s my hero,” Shintaro Mochizuki said of Roger Federer. “At the ATP Finals, I was there as a hitting partner and I got to hit with him. It was a dream. He hits so easy, just relaxed. He taught me that if you have any chances to play bigger events, just go for it,” the Japanese added. The Japanese claimed that Federer was a rarity among today’s players, who are much more vocal in terms of their game and emotions. “Many people are just playing with the power and emotions, but he’s just hitting balls so easy,” Mochizuki remarked.