Roger Federer – “I Never Thought I Was Going To Make It”

Published 06/23/2019, 5:31 PM EDT
Roger Federer


The Swiss maestro, Roger Federer finally has a double-digit title count of a single tournament on his resume as today he pulled off his tenth Halle Open title after defeating the Belgian, David Goffin in straight sets.

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There are only two men in the Open Era who have won a single tournament for ten times, the first one being, Federer’s arch-rival, Rafael Nadal, who has amassed a colossal number of titles on clay for a single tournament (Roland-Garros (12), Monte-Carlo Masters(11), Barcelona Open (11)).

En route to his victory on the German grass, Roger Federer played two daunting matches against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut. The European men laid down an exhausting path for Federer to reach the Halle Open 2019 finals. And those battles raised suspicious notions about Federer winning his tenth crown in Halle.    

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Roger Federer

“It’s amazing. For some reason, I never thought I was going to make it anymore. Because the second round and quarterfinals were so tough never really thought how it would feel if I won. And now first time ever I could win a title 10 times in one place and it is so very special moment,” World Number three, Roger Federer cherished.

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Till date, Roger Federer has twinned his Halle Open and Wimbledon victories for five times in his career (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2017). And in 2008, 2014 and 2015 the Swiss was a champion in Halle and was the finalist at Wimbledon. As less than ten days are left for the grass-court major to begin, the eight-time champion on the SW19 grass, Federer flies to London with sanguinity and with a second seed badge.

Roger Federer

“Every time I won in Halle I went on to play really well at Wimbledon. It never guarantees of course but I’ve been on the tour for long enough to know what it means. And most important I know I m injury free,” the 37-year-old, Roger Federer added.

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Roger Federer and the ladies champion on the British grass, Ashleigh Barty, are the only ATP and WTA contenders to secure three titles in the tennis season 2019.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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