Federer Saves Match Points To Beat Paire In Halle, Faces Ebden In QF
by Staff | June 21st, 2018, 10:09 pm
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Roger Federer had never lost a set before to Benoit Paire, but today in Halle he nearly lost the match. The 9-time Halle champion cruised in the opener but an early break in the second led to Paire’s first set win against the Swiss.

In the third, Federer held match points with Paire serving 15-40, 4-5. In the breaker, Paire led by early mini-break then had two match points of his own at 6-5 and 7-6. But the Frenchman’s forehand proved too faulty under pressure and Federer collected his 18th straight win on grass with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7) victory.

“It was a tough match,” said Federer. “I played at a good level actually. I think he served well and had a good mix and a good variety. It was hard to break. So, naturally, it was always going to be tight. And at the end it was just extremely close. So, I’m fortunate to have made it today.”

“Benoit played superbly. That has to be said without grudge,” Federer added.

Up next in the quarterfinals is Australian Matthew Ebden who beat German veteran and 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Also on the day, Borna Coric beat Nikolaz Basilishvili 6-4, 6-2. He’ll now meet Andreas Seppi who ousted German Florian Mayer.

In the other quarterfinals, Yuichi Sugita duels qualifier Denis Kudla and Karen Khachanov clashes with Roberto Bautista Agut.

Top seed Federer and No. 4 Bautista Agut are the lone seeds to make the last eight.

FRIDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADION Starts At 12:00 Noon
QF Yuichi Sugita v Denis Kudla
QF Roger Federer v Matthew Ebden
QF Karen Khachanov v Roberto Bautista Agut
Not Before 5:30 Pm
QF Andreas Seppi v Borna Coric


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28 Comments for Federer Saves Match Points To Beat Paire In Halle, Faces Ebden In QF

skeezer Says:

Fed imploding against Ebden. Missing routine FH’s and getting broken twice in the second while breaking back one himself. Seond serve this grass season has not been up to par, Fortunately for him he snuck out the first in a TB. He has to play waaaaay better.


Daniel Says:

He is not playing great at all. If it was any more experienced player it would be 1 set a piece already or match gone. He will have to break now or third set.


Daniel Says:

Broke back;-)


skeezer Says:

Finally kicked into another gear. Then closes out his game with a second serve ace. I will shut up.


Daniel Says:

YEah, another gear indeed. His returns are great, BH oscillate bit, several winners and few errors. His serve seems less effective today, maybe Eden was reading it better.

Into semis vs Kudla. 19 straight win on grass. Keep the streak going.


skeezer Says:

Pulls out a clutch comeback being down in the second, but this is not Wimbledon. Hope he finds some higher gears going forward.


Willow Says:

Well done Federer its what great champions do win when not playing their best, over five sets at W he can play himself into form ….


Giles Says:

Fed playing Kudla ( who ?) #109 tomorrow. Lol


Giles Says:

Willow. You really crack me up sometimes! Lololol


Willow Says:

Giles Rafa too its what seperates the good and the greats of the game their mental toughness ….


skeezer Says:

“Fed playing Kudla ( who ?) #109 tomorrow. Lol”
This comment has already been mentioned numerous times……………..about Rafa.


Giles Says:

^^ But is much more appropriate for Fed.
Go #109.


skeezer Says:

^^^don’t think so. At least Fed beats them 😂


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/nnemeroff/status/1010137027180974085?s=21
Wot? No top 10, no top 20 no top 30 ………. lolol


skeezer Says:

^and this is not a Slam, where it happens frequently with your fav…….except he loses lololol

On your twit;

“Zverev: No. 3
Thiem: No. 7
Nishikori. No. 27

All defeated in early rounds, so what is your point?”


Giles Says:

^^^ My point is pretty obvious. He didn’t play any top guys. Just muddled along with the 109s of the tour.


Giles Says:

I wonder why fed doesn’t play Queens. Maybe cos that’s where the big guns play. #scaredycat


skeezer Says:

Answer: he’s never had to play Queens to win Wimbledon 😂


FedExpress Says:

Giles is a hater.


Willow Says:

Fedexpress ever heard the expression it takes one to know one ?


Humble Rafa Says:

And Fed has almost lost as many sets/games this grass season (only after 1and a half events) as Rafa did throughout the entire clay swing.

Let’s stay humble here. Yes, I know a bit about clay court tennis.


Humble Rafa Says:

FedExpress Says:
Giles is a hater.

Says a guy who is unbiased, stable, amicable and gets along well with people of all beliefts.


The Arrogant Goat Says:

Wimbledon is the most prestigious of all tournaments. Everybody who is not stupid knows that. It takes a well-rounded ability to win Wimbledon. Only the great ones have the ability to Wimbledon, unlike the French which is littered with winners who could not win majors on other surfaces: Chang, Ferrero, Kuerten, Gaudio, Gomez, Muster and many many nnore. Their only talent is patience and slow play. It is the most boring of all surfaces. A game suited for fishermen who thrive on boredom.


The Arrogant Goat Says:

In rank of importance, the French Open must be happy there is an Australian Open, otherwise it would be in the bottom.


Giles Says:

Go Borna!


Okiegal Says:

I have seen lots of slipping and falling down this week…. I’m shocked someone hasn’t hurt themselves. Grass…..a slippery dangerous surface for sure!


Okiegal Says:

Borna giving the older dude a run for his money…. great match!

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