Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview
by Staff | June 17th, 2017, 4:50 pm

Roger Federer will try and improve on his 0-1 win-loss record on grass this year when he returns to his happy hunting grounds, the Gerry Weber Open where he has won eight career titles on the lawns, most recently in 2015.
He is joined by three others in the Top 10 along with three other former champions, including nemesis Tommy Haas who he wouldn’t face until the final. The Swiss lost to Haas in his opener last week at Stuttgart.

Here is a look at the field:

HALLE, Germany; surface: grass

Seeds: Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos Vinolas

Floaters: Mischa Zverev, Fernando Verdasco, Ivo Karlovic, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas, David Ferrer

Notes: Federer joined by three other Top 10ers in the field, including Thiem who will test his grasscourt acumen after a standout claycourt season…

Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…

Wildcards went to Germans Dustin Brown and Haas, and Russian Andrey Rublev…

Last year Florian Mayer beat A.Zverev in the all-German final…

It is the 25th anniversary of the tournament…

Former champs in the field are Mayer (2016), Federer (2015-13,’08,’06-03), Haas (2012,’09), and Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011).


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15 Comments for Federer, 0-1 on Grass This Season, Heads to Halle as 8-time Champion; ATP Preview

Humble Rafa Says:

Didn’t the Halle tournament director give his annual ritual of chewing out the Arrogant One or did I miss it?

Truth Says:

Luck runs out for a terribly long time. Arrogance never grew old, though.
Fed lapdogs better “pray” for Djoker to retire and then gloat like it’s 2009.
After all, Fed’s old age suddenly will disappear.

Willow Says:

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the lovely dads on the forum XX ;-)….

chrisford1 Says:

The Big 3 Daddies of tennis and Rafa!

Humble Rafa Says:

For the intellectually and mathematically challenged, 10 is greater than 8. It has always been.

skeezer Says:

^ yes according to your math 10 is better than everything on Earth. Got it.

SG1 Says:

18 is also greater than 15 :)

Daniel Says:

Today was a flwaless performance. The way he started against Haas 6-2 makes that match even more weird.

Hope he can build up and wins this tourney for an 9th time. Enteri9ng Wimbledon on a high and defintely one of top 3 favorites. Nadal did´t play and is vulnerable first week (even with his commanding RG win); Djoko question mark for Eatsbourne (and is not on a good state of mind); Murray, Wawa and Raonic all lost Queens 1st round and will got o Wimboedn with 1 grass competitive match.

If Fed wins Halle, things looking god for him. The clay break he had was precisely to be in better possible shape for Wimbleodn and mentally fresh after his sunshine double.

Also he would secure #2 seed for Wimbledon if he wins. Nadal #3 and Djoko #4. Unless Djoko plays and does well in Eastbourne, than he can be #2 seed, Fed #3 and Nadal #4.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

WHOA! Carnage at Queens!
Re Murray: “The 23-year-old lucky loser had never won a tour-level grass-court match before”

Just when we thought Murray was back on form and ready too defend Wimbledon and #1… he throws another twist at us.

I can’t believe Roger could be the betting favourite for Wimbledon 2017!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Just checked- as of today, Fed is narrow oddsmakers favourite over Andy. Rafa number 3 (a fair bit back), then Novak, Milos, KYRGIOS!!!, Zverev, Dmitrov, Wawrinka, Cilic, Thiem, Del Potro.

Kyrgios? 6th favourite? Do they know he might not play?? Why no gambler-love for Thiem?

Willow Says:

@ June 18th 9.51 pm, Typical response, with a back handed complimemt, your anymosity for Rafa really shows, even though you pretend otherwise, anyway its a tennis forum not relationship guidance ….

RZ Says:

@TV – probably because a high # of Aussies are likely to bet on Nick.
Seems like Wawrinka is way too far back. I would have put him behind Novak, but I could see an argument for having him after Milos. But he should be well ahead of Zverev and Dmitrov.

skeezer Says:

Unlike Clay, Grass can produce upsets in a hurry. If you can serve, volley and have shotmaking skills you’re potentially dangerous.

RZ Says:

As for no gambling-love for Thiem, they probably think of him as a claycourter (even though he won a grass tournament last year). Once the odds-makers get around to applying to be part of Team Thiem, I will deny them membership!

RZ Says:

Fed’s win today was his 1,100th. He only needs 156 more wins to tie Jimmy Connors for the most wins ever. :-)

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