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Federer reaches 13th final in Halle — ATP roundup

Federer reaches 13th final in Halle — ATP roundup”

Zverev's hopes of landing the title in his homeland were dashed when Goffin rallied to take out the second seed 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3).

Federer is chasing a record-extending tenth title at the pre-Wimbledon grass court event this year, having suffered a surprise defeat to Croatian Borna Coric in last year's final.

Federer has won all nine matches against the Spaniard, his latest sealed with a break when his opponent was serving to stay in the match. He knocked him down in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Halle.

The 28-year-old Frenchman faces the prospect of a first-ever meeting with Federer, who plays Roberto Bautista Agut in his quarter-final later on Friday.

"Roger has had tough matches this week against Tsonga and Bautista Agut, but as soon as he has had to play his best tennis, he has done so". Out of sudden, the Belgian landed two deep returns that forced mistakes from the Italian and closed the set with a volley victor at 6-4, rattling off the last four points for a vast momentum ahead of set number two.

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Belgium's Goffin saved seven of 10 break points to overcome the tournament's second seed and home favourite in two hours and 16 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with Italy's Matteo Berrettini, who beat third seed Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (4). "I noticed that he was hurt because his serves got slower", said Herbert.

For a start, only 23 men in 20 years have beaten Federer on grass, and he owns more grass titles than any other man in history. You know, you always leave with a bitter sweet taste where you had a good tournament and yet you're frustrated you lost the finals.

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

Federer wins the Halle Open for the 10th time.



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