Roger Federer made history on Saturday in Halle, beating David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 and winning the 10th NOVENTI OPEN title record. It is the first time that Federer has won 10 crowns in a tournament, joining Rafael Nadal as the only men in the Open Age to accomplish the feat.
"I just thought of match-for-match because the second round and the rooms were so hard that I never thought about what it would be like if I won and now is the reality, "said Federer. "[It’s the] first time I could win a title 10 times in one place, so it's obviously a very special moment in my career. "
This is Federer's 102nd tour-level title, reaching seven trophies of Jimmy Connors' 109 record. It is also the 19th win on the Swiss star's lawn.
Only four other active players have at least 19 titles on all surfaces combined. Federer is also the oldest tour-level champion since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won in Hong Kong in 1977, giving him a lot of strength as he heads to Wimbledon to claim his ninth Grand Slam title.
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No. 10 in Halle was not easy, however. Federer had to fight two three setters in his first three games of the week. And Goffin, who despite winning just one of eight FedEx ATP Head2Head editions against the lead, showed his ability to beat Federer on a grand stage by doing so in the Nitto ATP Finals 2017 semifinals.
Goffin seemed comfortable in the early rallies, especially those of the backhand-backhand variety. Federer started running around his backhand to beat the forehands more than normal. And in 2-2 at the opening, the Belgian won three consecutive break points. But he missed a comeback and then made two direct mistakes to miss out on those chances.
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And although Federer did not get a break point in the first set, he was able to clear the way for a tie-break. The first head significantly increased his level, and in 3/1 he came to win a half-volley off a strong return from Goffin, later winning the set when the Belgian pitched a long forehand return.
"He was the best player probably in the first 10 games of the match, he had more chances," Federer said. "So I played a really good tie-breaker."
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Federer maintained his level thereafter, immediately pressing the 28-year-old serve to start the second set, and winning the break when Goffin played a double foul on the net. The world number 3 was relentless from there, gaining a second break at 3-1 when Goffin cut a long forehand.
"I got away with the advantage of starting the break early in the second and I think it calmed my nerves," Federer said. "His level may have dropped a bit, but it was hard to play with the shadows, it's a fast court." David, of course, also had a great week so clearly that he was feeling it from the start, but I was able to resist. and in the end I could really play great tennis, so I could not be happier now. "
Federer is now 68 to 7 in Halle, and those 68 wins are the second of a non-Grand Slam event, second only to his hometown tournament in Basel, where he won 71 games. In 17 matches for Halle, Federer never stopped advancing to at least the quarter-finals.
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The champion takes home € 429,955 and 500 points at ATP. Goffin, who was trying to win his first crown since 2017 in Tokyo, wins € 215,940 and 300 points. This was the first game of the Belgian championship since the finals of the Nitto ATP of 2017.
"It's never a guarantee, of course, but I've been on the Tour long enough to know what that means," Federer said. "Every time I won in Halle, I played very well at Wimbledon. "The most important thing is that I know I'm free of injuries.I'm going to have a few days off I think and then I prepare myself since I'm going to be in Wimbledon practicing again.But for now I'm going to enjoy this, rest a little and then wait for the rest. "
Did you know?
Federer competed for the first time in Halle at the age of 18 in 2000. No player from that draw is still competing in the ATP Tour. Federer coach Ivan Ljubicic and Goffin coach Thomas Johansson played NOVENTI OPEN that year.