Federer begins grass court title with a win

Halle Westfallen (Germany): Ranked No. 3 in world international tennis ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals, this Swiss payer Roger Federer has defeated Germany’s world number 88 Jan-Lennard Struff by 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in Halle Westfallen on Thursday.

Basically, Federer started his bid for a ninth grass court title at Halle. This top seed and world number three will now face 64th ranked Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri to book place in last eight.

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The Swiss player has stepped for another Wimbledon title.

“It was hard to find a rhythm today. He took the ball early, went for a lot on the forehand, backhand. He has a big serve, especially the first one,” Federer said.

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“So then you go back to basics, you focus on your own serve. I thought I did that very well. He never really had chances on my own serve, so that was comforting.”

The 34-year-old Federer, who has now won 52 matches in his Halle career, has yet to win a title in 2016, his longest drought to start a year since he went title-less in 2000.

“I feel after the first round, after having played last week, actually maybe something is really possible here,” added Federer.

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“I don’t want to get too carried away but I feel like if I serve the way I did today and I’m able to step it up just a little bit on the return from the baseline, all of a sudden I’m dangerous for anybody.

“We’ll see how it goes. But I take one match at a time and I hope just to keep on playing a bit better match by match.”


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