Federer Finds Winning Form In Halle, Haas Honored After Loss
by Staff | June 20th, 2017, 4:37 pm

After a shocking loss last week in his grass opener in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, Roger Federer got back on track in Halle by trouncing lucky loser Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1 in his opener.

Federer lost just three points all match on his first serve, and only faced one break points, which he saved, in the 52-minute rout.

“I played some good tennis, some nice points. I played the way I wanted to play: aggressive, took charge from the baseline and served well. Overall, I’m very happy,” Federer said.

Federer was scheduled to play Yen-Hsun Lu before a right arm injury ended his hopes of facing the Swiss.

The victory was also Federer’s 1,100 of his career. And as he seeks a ninth Halle title, he’ll next face German Mischa Zverev on Thursday.

Federer good friend and conqueror from last week, Tommy Haas, played his final pro match on grass in Germany. The 39-year-old fell to Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4. After the loss, the tournament recognized Haas on court with the special ceremony which included his daughter.

“Walking with Valentina in my arms is always special, but leaving the court this way for the last time is icing on the cake,” said Haas.

“It was very emotional, obviously. You never quite know how to prepare for your last match at an event, especially one that is very close to you and at which you’ve had great success. I’ve really enjoyed coming back here every year.

“I am happy enough to have made the effort to go out there and give it a go, which wasn’t easy. I am very satisfied with the ending. Tournament Director Ralf is someone I have known for a very long time and it’s one of the best tournaments all year.”

Haas will not play after 2017 and said he’s still hoping for a spot at Wimbledon and the US Open, in addition to playing other events.

Kei Nishikori was also a winner outlasting Fernando Verdasco in three sets. Karin Khachanov and Gilles Simon advanced while Ivo Karlovic was sent packing by Russian vet Mikhail Youzhny. And both Zverev brothers were winners.

Dominic Thiem, Bernard Tomic and Zverev are on court tomorrow. Zverev will take on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the marquee match of the day.

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16 Comments for Federer Finds Winning Form In Halle, Haas Honored After Loss

Humble Rafa Says:

Beating Yuichi Sugita is now headline news. Must be cow grazing season.

skeezer Says:

Well at least he played on a grass tourney. You?
Zippo. Nada.

Okiegal Says:

At least Rafa played clay tournaments. Fed?
Zippo. Nada.
#chicken…….Couldn’t pass this one up! LOL!

skeezer Says:

Ya know wouldn’t had said anything but you know HR and how arrogant he can be ;)
We’ll see who made the smarter play for Grass ;)

Okiegal Says:

Skeezer……No prob….just funnin’ ya a little bit. It’s all good. We like who we like. These two we fuss about all time, are a couple of beasts!! I think we can agree on that!

RZ Says:

Wimbledon gave Haas a wild card into the main draw. Good decision AEC!

madmax Says:


Let’s hope he continues in fine form at Halle.

Daniel Says:

Great for Haas, he deserves it one last time.

Anyone knows if Djoko confirm Eastbourne or not?

thiem lost first set in Halle, but A Zverev into QF.

RZ Says:

@Daniel – ATP site said that Djokovic accepted the Eastbourne wild card. I hope Andy will follow suit. He could use the matches on grass.

Haase is always dangerous on grass and tends to pull off the occasional upset or play a top seed tough in an early round. If Thiem loses to him here, it wouldn’t bother me too much (it would bother me at Wimbledon)

jalep Says:

Thiem camps out too far back in general. Getting bossed that first set, RZ. His serve has saved him in this match v Haase. Haase should win, he’s been the better player this match but choked serving for the match at 6-5

Now in a TB. Haase may still win. It’s hasn’t been pretty but he finally has a mp in the tb. And he makes it! assist from Thiem lol.

I thought Thiem was decent on grass last year at Halle. Lost in the SF to Florian Mayer.

RZ Says:

Jalep, you’re right about how far back Thiem camps out. Might work on clay, but not on grass. Anyway, he needs a break. He’s played a lot these last couple of month. While I worry about Andy’s lack of match ply going into Wimbledon, not so worried about Thiem (then again, I don’t consider him a top contender on the grass though he could make the 2nd week)

Pamela Says:

ooo…. little bit of nastiness from HR…. I think it is a well known fact why Roger stayed away from the clay courts. I have a feeling it is the same reason why Rafa stayed away from the grass courts until Wimbledon…. the ironic thing is Rafa and Roger have a great relationship…. while the people on here attack each other for their preferred players..

Truth Says:

Fake Fedal friendship is not the same as “superior”.
Hope that helps.

Hope they go away for 7 month vacations again.

FedExpress Says:

Nishikoris fitness is a joke. retired again.

Willow Says:

Definitely something he needs to work on Fedexpress ….

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Now Thiem and Nishikori out – what is up with grass this year? The top seeds decimated in both tournaments.

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