Roger Federer showed off some of his vast shot-making skills today in Halle. Early in the third set against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federer came up with this gem, hitting a lob from behind-the-back and it paid off. Kohlschreiber was able to return it but Federer put his smash reply away with a forehand passing shot winner.
Earlier in the match Roger slipped up on the grass:
“I must admit the court also feels a bit different this year,” Federer said. “And it was in the evening – So, a lot of circumstances that, put together, made us both slip a little. Mind you, today I may have slipped as much as I probably will throughout the entire grass court season. It takes you by surprise. You hope nobody injures themselves. And it nags at you’re confidence a little bit while trying to play good tennis. You suddenly think footwork rather than ball. But it was the same for Philipp and nothing in the line of injuries happened. So for sure it’s going to get only better as the week progresses.”
Federer eventually won the match 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(5). The German was serving 5-4 in the final set tiebreak before Federer reeled off the last three points to win. Federer is now 9-0 vs Kohlschreiber.
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