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

Roger Federer lifts 10th Halle title with victory over David Goffin

Roger Federer lifts 10th Halle title with victory over David Goffin

A nine-time victor here, the 37-year-old Federer could make personal history by winning 10 titles in a single tournament for the first time.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert that took 18 games to decide.

Roger Federer cruised through to the Halle Open final with a ruthless victory over Andy Murray's new Wimbledon doubles partner.

Federer - the top seed at Halle - has won eight Wimbledon titles, with the last of these coming in 2017.

At the Fever-Tree Championships, 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and will face Gilles Simon in the final.

The No2 seed and home favourite Alexander Zverev, who had been put through the wringer to reach the quarters at Roland Garros and then lost his first match, a two-hour three-setter, in Stuttgart, got through his first two matches but came up against a blistering David Goffin in the quarters, and lost in a final-set tie-break.

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"I have worked hard and realised that I have the level to play in these kinds of matches", he said.

"It's a shame, because I am at the end of my career now, and it has gone by so quickly", he said after reaching the final of the ATP event in Halle for the 13th time.

The 22-year-old served nine double faults in a rollercoaster match, and survived two match points in the third set before ultimately losing in the tiebreaker.

Victory was confirmed by another break, this time Federer wrong-footing Herbert with a cross-court forehand.

Barty beat Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-4 in the Birmingham semi-finals to advance to her third final of the season and extend her winning streak to 11 consecutive matches.

"I have to try and do what I can do and that is prepare and do as best that I can tomorrow and try and play a good Tennis match and if I win, it's a bonus". "So I think I'm going to have a tough final, anyway at this stage, but particularly against David, who I have a lot of respect for".

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