Roger Federer proved his greatness on the turf again in 2019, beating David Goffin 7-6, 6-1 in one hour and 23 minutes to lift the 10th crown in Halle and the 102nd overall on the Tour. By competing in one of his favorite tournaments for the 17th time, Roger advanced to the 13th final and went all the way to become the second player in the Open Era with at least ten titles in a single ATP event after Rafael Nadal.
At that time, the Spaniard had won ten or more titles at Roland Garros, Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and Roger became the first player to win ten ATP crowns on different surfaces. Roger played on clay for the first time in three years and had a great campaign in Paris.
The Swiss struggled a bit to find his rhythm in the first grass-court event, but did enough to reach the semi-finals, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in 62 minutes and gaining momentum before Goffin’s clash. Federer lost 14 points in nine service games, dodging all three break opportunities and zipping past David after a close first match to lift the trophy.
Entering his first ATP final in over a year and a half, the Belgian kept in touch in the first set, wasting those break opportunities in the fifth game and reaching the tie break where he lost ground, not finding a way back.
to enter. containment. Roger took three breaks to control the pace in set number two and finish the job in style to complete another successful week in Halle. The Swiss had more winners than unforced errors, had the advantage in the shorter range up to four strokes and forged his triumph there thanks to booming serves and the first groundstroke or subsequent volley.
Federer held out at 15 in the first game with a forehand winner, and both served well until 2-2 when Goffin created a great opportunity to move up front. With no room for mistakes, Roger erased all three break points to keep serve intact and brought the game home after three more to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard.
30-0 down in the seventh game, the Swiss won four straight points to avoid danger and stayed in touch on the return at 5-4 to take two points away from the set. Goffin held on and set up the tiebreaker where Federer opened up a 5-2 lead and sealed the deal with two service winners who gave him a huge boost before set number two.
With no steam on his legs, Goffin double-faulted early in the second set to yield serve and suffered two more breaks to propel Federer over the finish line and into Halle’s 10th crown.
Gunthardt claimed Federer’s lack of match practice was evident
Roger Federer was dumped out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz earlier this week.
The Swiss suffered one of the worst losses of his career, falling 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0. In a recent interview with Simon Graf of Tagesanzeigher.ch, player-turned-coach Heinz Gunthardt weighed in on Federer’s run at Wimbledon this year.
“Given his preparation, the quarter-final is a good result,” Gunthardt said. “But Wimbledon was not a step forward after Paris. He already had that level there. In Doha and Paris, he played with a completely different mindset, loosely.
He clearly said that this was (his) only preparation, that it would only really count in Wimbledon. And then Wimbledon started and he felt the pressure,” he added. Gunthardt claimed Federer’s lack of match practice was evident in his first-round match against Adrian Mannarino.
“You could see in the first match against Mannarino, when he practically only sliced with his backhand,” he said.