Federer Seeks 99th Career Title Sunday In Halle Against Coric
by Staff | June 23rd, 2018, 6:50 pm
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Roger Federer will try to win his 99th career title and 10th in Halle Sunday as he takes on Borna Coric.

The heavily favored Federer was pushed a little by American qualifier Denis Kudla but the Swiss was too sharp and too strong in the end during the 7-6(1), 7-5 victory.

“I’m actually very happy, you know, it’s not easy to play here,” Federer said. “It plays pretty quick, especially when you serve well. I already felt that throughout the whole week. So, I’m happy I found a way again to win today.

Federer has now won his last 20 matches on grass, and he comes off a title just last week in Stuttgart. So things are looking very well for his Wimbledon title defense.

“I’ve never played back to back finals on grass like this in pre-leading up events before Wimbledon,” Federer added. “So, this is a first for me. I’m very happy having won Stuttgart and now making another finals here in Halle is great. I would have taken that any day a month ago. So, the comeback has been rather successful for me. I don’t have time to change anything for tomorrow.”

Coric had an easy day advancing when Roberto Bautista Agut retired at 2-3 with a hip injury. It’s Coric’s first grass final and fourth his career. He has just one previous title coming last year in Marrakech.

“I’m going to enjoy it,” Coric said of reaching the final. “I didn’t expect this at the beginning of the week. You know, today I was a little bit lucky. I’m sorry for Roberto. But I can rest a little bit now which is good. So like I said I don’t think my chances are really big but I’m going to go out there and I’m going to try to win. That’s for sure.”

Federer beat Coric in both prior meetings including a 3-set semifinal at Indian Wells in March.

“I think in that match I played almost perfect,” Coric said looking back to Indian Wells. “I think it was a great match. I was really playing good and, you know, at the end I was maybe a little bit unlucky and again he showed us why he is No. 1 in the world. He played very good in the most important points. So, I don’t think I need to change anything. I need to try to play on that level which is not going to be easy for sure because I think that’s my best match of the season by far which I played. So, I’m just going to try to play on the same level.”

The Croat had just two career prior wins on grass entering the week.


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61 Comments for Federer Seeks 99th Career Title Sunday In Halle Against Coric

Daniel Says:

Credit to Coric this tiebreak, Fed had Set Point and serve and he made a practically return winner to save first, than in second SP Fed attacked the net and he made a great passing shot.

On first set point he made a deep return forcing Fed error and tiebreak was his.

Fed had more chances, during the set and even had 1 BP and didn’t face any. He still won more points os overall the better player.

Let’s see if he can get an early break.


Giles Says:

Go Borna!


Daniel Says:

Fed again having BP and not converting. Coric winning this important mental points. He makes an error here and there but is pretty solid.

Fed still holding easy, but will have to do something more, go for the lines, attack the net to surprise him.


Daniel Says:

15-40, now is the time to break, 2FH misses by Coric.


skeezer Says:

Fed not moving well. Big steps to the ball at times. Reactionary tennis, not pro active offensive.


Daniel Says:

wow, what a volley miss by Coric, think he was afraid to touch the net with the racquet, break Fed 5-3 and serve. It was a point that can cost him the match due the mental aspect of it. He loses the set because of that point, if he keeps overthinking it. Head could go la la land


skeezer Says:

Window of opportunity and the Maestro takes advantage. Good thing his serve is on song.
Wimbledon is going to be slower than this, he’d better get some back court rythym and get those feet moving.


Daniel Says:

Coric returning great this game, first BP for him. Time for Fed to serve


Daniel Says:

Damm, Coric 4-2 and serve, 2 more holds and he takes the title. Fed no more challengers, missed 3 straight.


Daniel Says:

Fed was serving great all day, suddenly Coric string 3 great reruns deep and game was gone.

Now Fed only chance is to win his game easy and see if Coric will maybe feel the pressure when serving the match out. But on grass, odds are with Coric now.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Swiss ace unusually lost his cool and was handed a code violation by referee Nico Helwerth for smashing a ball into the stands after missing a half-volley during the second set

Good enough for sportsmanship award, right?


Daniel Says:

Coric found the timing of return, he is crushing Fed’s second serves.


skeezer Says:

Do not like Feds form atm. Ominous.
Where is the uber BH taking the ball early and hitting out? Too many chip BH’s and FH at times looks iffy, all from less than average movement and anticipation.Ugh.


Daniel Says:

At least make him serve, 40-15 and lose the game again on serve…


Anto Says:

Holy Shit I did not expect this.


gonzalowski Says:

skeezer,
so Fed losing a final on grass against nº34 of the world??
#noGoatmuch


Margot Says:

Ooooo The Bod wins.💓


skeezer Says:

Congrats Coric. Fed played like sh#1 but Coric played resl steady with the returns and groundies on a fast court. Hope this give Coric some confidence and grass goinf forward.


Anto Says:

Coric was the better man in important points.


Daniel Says:

Me neither Skeeze. Coric is not a grass specialist. From 2-3 on he lost his game twice in both games he started ahead, this game was 40-1. But credit to Coric who attacked Fed’s serve whenever he could.

But Fed had to make him serve the match out. Overall Coric won the important points, even in tiebreak when Fed had 5-4 up and 2 serves. Kind of a frustrating match. Fed won more points even with his 2-6 set.

Now, Nadal back at #1 again for at least 2 more weeks. In Wimbledon if Fed wins it and Nadal loses before R16 Fed can get it back, but hard to see Nadal getting another super early loss there, depends on draw. And with Fed defending Montreal final in August, this basically means Nadal will probably hold the #1 ranking till US now.


j-kath Says:

Wow – what a shock!


Okiegal Says:

Ummm Rafa number one again…. cray cray on the ups and downs of this number one thing………

Congrats to Borna on a match well played. Rog looking a little tired imho….but great shot making on both sides and an entertaining match all the way around. I’m sure Roger will be back on target for Wimby…, needs some rest. After all he’s 36……but can still play lights out!!!! Youthfulness won it today…..


Daniel Says:

On a different note, any one watch yesterdays Kyrgios x Cilic match, did Kyrgios simulate masturbating with a bottle in change over?! Commenters were mentioning this and I wasn’t able to watch the match. If so, this is disgrace behavior, seems he has some serious mental issues on court, like he feels uncomfortable and doesn’t know how to behave.


gonzalowski Says:

Daniel oh just saw it.. 😖😖😖 😅
this hot-crazy young people… disgraceful


Daniel Says:

Djoko defense seems as good as ever, saved a BP long rally.


skeezer Says:

C vs D good battle atm


Giles Says:

Rafa #1 again! Music to my ears. 🎹🎺🎸🎯🎻🎷🥁
And he didn’t even have to throw a ball AT the crowd! Lol


Giles Says:

Poor FE. Is he crying? Lol


Daniel Says:

Djoko coming from 0-40 down and saving multiple BP’s, 4-3.


skeezer Says:

This really wasn’t a big shock for this who follow Feds progress on grass this tournament. He was involved in too many tight matches, and they weren’t against any top 10 players.
As for the importance of this tournament, in the past he lost to Kohls, Haas, etc and still went on to win Wimby ( 2012 ).


Giles Says:

^^^ This is 2018. Let’s wait and see how it all plays out.


skeezer Says:

2018 has already played out great for Fed. Am happy Fed got to #1 again, for the gazillionth time and one another Slam @ almost 37. Been all gravy since #17. And now, 20? OMG! All good baby :)


Giles Says:

^^^ Yeah yeah, now swim in the gravy.lol


skeezer Says:

Win or lose here for Djoker it is plain to see he is a comin’ back. Should be a big concern for Fedal fans coming into Wimby and USO.


Willow Says:

Just when i was begining to warm to Kyrigios, i have nothing against players having some personality, but that is disgusting behaviour, not a very good roll model for kids, still has alot of growing up to do ….


Willow Says:

Rafa back at number 1, Federer losing to Coric, didnt see that one coming ….


skeezer Says:

Djopker wins the first. When he is on he can pin point his grounds so well. ROS is having its effect.


Daniel Says:

Agree Skeeze, and most importantly, his BH DTL is working wonders on grass, contrary to clay where he wasn’t able to hit it consistently.

Definitely one of the favorites for Wimby. 1 set up and serving first second set. When the set gets long Cilic may crumble first.


Willow Says:

Berdych is out of Wimbledon injured ….


Giles Says:

Willow. No doubt you will congratulate Rafa?


Willow Says:

Giles i post on his page on FB hun, it was the first thing i did ;-)


skeezer Says:

“…set gets long Cilic may crumble first.”
Yeah we have seen that before :)


Giles Says:

Willow. Cheers. 😄


Margot Says:

Marin decides he doesn’t like apple crumble after all, whereas Nole fancies a flake!


skeezer Says:

Credit to the Merry Marin ( the guy who always smiles ). Does not crumble. A third it is!


Margot Says:

Well played Marin, so pleased for him, overcoming awful nerves in the first set and the great returner who is Nole! What a Herculean task.
And so good to see Nole well on his way back too!
jalep: Wimbledon final between Mighty Marin and Borna The Bod it is….;)
Terrific match BTW
And where is Fed Express, we demand to know if Fed choked and he is the expert after all…;)


j-kath Says:

Some Irish rubbish on Ch.2 and Japan playing football on red button….am pi..ed off again.

I see Marin won but was wondering how close Novak was to his best? Anyone got a view…Margot? Skeezer? Daniel?


Giles Says:

Croats rule the day!


Margot Says:

Very close Kath, needs some more matches, is all. Got very tight serving for the match in the 2nd. These courts really favour big servers too.
Its been a terrific start to his come back.
I think Wimbledon will be a tad slower but its been so dry am wondering if that will effect the speed?
Not joking now, I do fancy Marin for Wimbledon, at least to the semis.


Daniel Says:

Good day for Croatia.

Djoko somehow choke the tiebreak away, he was 4-1 and lost 6 straight points, you could see he was tense a few points away.

Marin one of the favorites for Wimbledon for sure.


jalep Says:

He’s not at his best yet ; he should have ruled that TB.. !! Bah, 🤮

Real Nole would have polished him off in 2 sets.


Daniel Says:

Ground game was there J-K, defense, but Marin seems more resolute.


Margot Says:

jalep: But Marin was very tight in the first tie, so it kind of evened out.


j-kath Says:

Thanks Margot, Jalep and Daniel: Marin definitely a danger at Wimbledon…and sounds like Nole achieving form fast.


MgMg Says:

Congrats to Coric who beat both world #3 and world #1 (the best grass court player in this generation) on his way to the title.


fred stone Says:

From ATP’s website:
“Coric’s countryman Ivan Ljubicic is also on his team as his manager.”

Isn’t that interesting? Split loyalty with a double payday.
It’a a Croatian trifecta Sunday.


Amit Says:

Fed unlikely to win at wim. But cilic looks good. My picks are cilic, djokovic, kyrgios and rafa for wimbledon. All equally capable of winning there this year basing on form and confidence. Only can hope Fed wins wimbledon, but gut-feeling pitted against Fed triumph! So badly want Fed to win wimby though! 😷


Willow Says:

Amit i feel the same for Rafa ….


Rick Says:

Thanks, Rooferer! I won some money for betting on him to get beaten by Coric today, bitches! LOL
Is that all he could do after bludging for three months?


RZ Says:

Amit, I think a lot will depend on the draw. But agree that Cilic will be one of the favorites.


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