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.
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.
“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.
“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.”