Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer Survives Three-Setter Against Tsonga to Advance in Halle

Federer Survives Three-Setter Against Tsonga to Advance in Halle

And finally, at 5-5 Roger Federer encountered three break opportunities with his effortless single-hand backhand and that move decided the outcome of the match. "I hope when the swelling goes out it will be much better". "You have nothing to lose and everything to gain".

The Swiss, who is eyeing a record tenth career title at Halle this year, faces Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the last eight today.

The last time Tsonga played Federer on grass, the Frenchman came out on top in the five-set epic at Wimbledon in 2011.

But fighting to stay in the set, Federer was serving at 3-2 down when a great first serve down the centre set him up for a volley.

Sharapova had not played since the end of January after taking time out to recover from a shoulder injury and her lack of sharpness was exposed by Kerber, who cruised into the quarter-finals.

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Belgium's Goffin, the 2017 ATP finals runner-up who has slipped to number 33 in the world, has lost his two meetings with second seed Zverev but both matches were played on clay. I have a good head-to-head against him and I've beaten him at Wimbledon once on the grass before.

"It had a bit of everything: happiness, sadness, frustration".

But Federer is confident he can get better as he wins to progress through the tournament.

Speaking after his own first-round victory against John Millman, Federer said he was happy to see Tsonga back on court.

"Obviously my knee is still swollen but the pain is much less than it was a few days ago", he said. Osaka admitted ahead of her first grass court tournament of the season that she is still not at home on the surface and it showed as Putintseva romped to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

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