Roger Federer turns 40 in August, and he is still eager to extend his career following two knee surgeries and the most extended break from tennis in 2020. Roger hadn’t played between the last year’s Australian Open and Doha this March, working hard on his game after those two surgeries and feeling ready to make another push in seeking notable titles. Roger has confirmed his participation at his beloved ATP 500 event in Halle, not only in 2021 but the following season, too, with the organizers revealing Federer and Nishikori for the 2020 line-up. Roger made a debut in Halle in 2000 and grabbed seven wins in Germany’s first three trips for a positive start.
Since 2003, Federer has lost only four matches in Halle, dominating year after year and winning ten titles until 2019. Between 2003-2010, Federer secured 29 consecutive victories in Halle before Lleyton Hewitt stopped him in the 2010 final. From 2013, Federer has won five Halle trophies, losing the title match to Borna Coric in 2018 despite having his chances and regaining the crown 12 months later.
Roger Federer will compete in Halle in 2021 and 2022.
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. He went all the way to become the second player in the Open era with at least ten titles at a single ATP event after Rafael Nadal.
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 chances, failing to convert any and dropping the tie break 7-2. That was the encounter’s turning point, 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. The Swiss had 23 winners and 14 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and overpowering Goffin’s 17-29 ratio.