Roger Federer Bids to Break His Own Record Before Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 03/27/2021, 3:58 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


After an early exit from his comeback event in Doha, Roger Federer pulled out of the Dubai Open that was scheduled immediately after and also withdrew from the ongoing Miami Open.

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Reason? He wanted to get back to training and fine-tune his game ahead of the grass court swing.

Roger Federer has confirmed participation at the Halle grass-court event

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Eyeing a glorious return to Grand Slam at Wimbledon and hoping to get enough match time on grass before the battle shifts to All-England, the former World Number 1 has confirmed participation at the ATP 500 event in Halle, Germany.

Halle has been the traditional tune-up event for the 20-time Grand Slam champion before Wimbledon and his confirmation for the event this year highlights his desire to lift his 9th career title at All-England.

Having been out of action for 14 months, his longest stint on the sidelines, to recover from a second knee surgery he underwent after last year’s Australian Open, Federer announced his return to competitive tennis at the Doha ATP.

Amid soaring expectations from his fans, the 39-year-old Swiss won his tournament opener and comeback match against accomplished Englishman Dan Evans.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in the against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the Men’s singles Quarterfinals match of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters day seven at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

However, he bowed out in the next round after losing a 3-setter to big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Despite his early exit, Federer said he was happy to be in the swing of things, and coming out unscathed in back-to-back 3-setters, with hardly any recovery time in between was also a massive tick in the box for him.

Roger Federer will look to set a record with his 11th Halle title

Keen to find his way back to his peak form and fitness, the Swiss will be hoping to find his straps in his happy hunting ground in Halle.

And he will have plenty of happy memories going into the event as he has lifted the trophy 10 times, which is the most he has won at a single Tour event, barring the 10 titles at the Swiss Open in his hometown of Basel.

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He won his first at Halle in 2003, which was also his first championship win on grass. The Swiss followed up with his maiden Wimbledon title that year. He will be eyeing an encore this year.

Also confirming participation at Halle are World #2 Daniil Medvedev, compatriot Karen Khachanov and veteran Japanese Kei Nishikori.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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