Roger Federer returns to grass court action at the 2021 ATP Halle – here are full details of his next…
Roger Federer returns to grass court action at the 2021 ATP Halle – here are full details of his next match.
Federer is the most decorated player in the history of the Halle Open, having won the singles title a staggering ten times since 2003.
The Swiss legend has won this event three times without losing a set throughout the entire tournament (2004, 2008, 2017).
Federer has reached at least the Quarter-Finals in each of his 17 previous appearances in Halle. The last time he failed to make the Semi-Finals here was in 2001, when he was just 19.
The 39-year-old continues to recover from a lengthy injury lay-off, having exceeded his own expectations at the French Open by reaching the Fourth Round before withdrawing as a precaution.
Prior to Roland Garros, Federer’s only competitive tournament appearances so far this season saw him lose out to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Quarter-Finals of the Qatar Open before a shock early exit to Pablo Andujar in the opening round of the Geneva Open earlier in May.
Federer is largely using the Halle Open as an opportunity to warm up for Wimbledon in two week’s time as he bids for a ninth crown.
He began his latest ATP Halle campaign by seeing off Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in straight sets in Round One.
After the match, Federer said: “I missed it. I hadn’t played a tournament in two years on this surface. I’ve done the hard courts, I’ve done the clay and now [I am] on the grass. It’s been great being back here in Halle. I love playing here.”
Federer now takes on Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in the Round of 16, with the match scheduled to commence from around 1pm BST on Wednesday June 16.