Federer Holds Off Tsonga In Halle, Gets Bautista Agut Friday
by Staff | June 20th, 2019, 9:12 pm
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Roger Federer hung on in Halle to deny rival Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. Tsonga got a break to take the second then had chances in the third but was unable to capitalize.

“I had a bit of everything, happiness, sadness, frustration,” Federer said. “At the end I got very close and maybe also a little lucky. You have to be. Because at 5-all in the third on grass, on a court like this, against Jo Willy, you’re not really controlling things anymore. It was close but the crowd was fantastic. Obviously it was a great emotion at the end, which was nice.”

Federer then broke Tsonga at 5-all and then served it out taking it on his 18th ace of the match.

“Jo was able to pick up his game and do better especially on the return,” Federer added. “I thought it was tough but for me, the key was clearly to stay positive because I wasn’t down in the score, it was just only even at one-set all, and I fought as much as I could and tried to stay with him because he really was able to pick up his game.

“I always knew it was going to be tight because he has got a great first serve. He’s got all the chances to hit great forehands. He remains dangerous throughout, and I knew obviously once I gave away that lead things will get very, very tight and they did. It was a great match, great atmosphere. I really enjoyed it.”

Federer, who is seeking a 10th Halle title this week, moves on to meet Roberto Bautista Agut.

Roberto wins his points differently than Jo does. Jo does it with the serve and forehand and the power and the variety and his explosiveness, whereas Roberto does it through just doing the same thing in repetition, and he’s also got a great forehand like Jo has,” Federer said.

“From my side, I might have more play from the baseline, but then again we might be in more rallies on my serve, too. I’m looking forward to it. I have a good head-to-head against him and I’ve beaten him at Wimbledon once on the grass before. I hope that’s going to give me some confidence.”

Alexander Zverev was also a winner over Steve Johnson and Matteo Berrettini finally dropped serve but upended Andreas Seppi to keep his win streak going.

FRIDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
Stadion 12:00 Noon
Matteo Berrettini v 3 Karen Khachanov
Not Before 1:30 Pm
David Goffin v 2 Alexander Zverev
4 Borna Coric v Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Not Before 5:30 Pm
1 Roger Federer v 7 Roberto Bautista Agut


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12 Comments for Federer Holds Off Tsonga In Halle, Gets Bautista Agut Friday

Daniel Says:

Federer had a bad game in second set but Agut was great until this final gane where he made 4 straight UE early in the points.

All other big names lost: Zverev, Kachanov and Coric, so Federer gets Herbert in semis, virtually in finals where most likelly Goffin. Although Berrettini comes from title in Stutgart on a row.


skeezer Says:

Fed through over Bogut. Another 3 setter.. he looked good, then he didn’t, then he did. Z out, Coric and Khach out. Draw cleared out for Fed


Madmax Says:

Skeezer, I hear ya’

It’s so good to watch Federer play on grass. That style, it’s timeless. Really is. Hopefully the next round, he figures out what he needs to do, seems a little inconsistent, not sure what it is, but he battled through and that is all he needs to do right now – although he has played a whole lot of matches this year. Still, at least, the grass – this tournament, his transition should be smoother than it is – Can only watch and admire the maestro of all times!

Sad to see Nick K lose it over and over again at Queen’s. Not sure why he is losing his temper all of the time, he is no longer a teenager – having all of this talent, and yet he cannot control his temper. Sad.


the_mind_reels Says:

For the Fed fans on here, I just touched down near Halle and will head to the tournament tomorrow for the semis. May our guy find a more consistently higher gear!


RZ Says:

Have fun TMR! Fed vs PHH could have some good points.


j-kath Says:

RZ: Who is TMR?


RZ Says:

TMR = The Mind Reels.


the_mind_reels Says:

Thanks, RZ!


skeezer Says:

TMR,
Awesome! May Fed force be with you!


j-kath Says:

TMR – I thought RZ was referring to some awesome tennis player that had slipped my notice – instead it was an awesome TX-fan commenting re the FED at Halle.

Apologies – my attention is singularly focused on Queens at this moment.


Daniel Says:

Fed in another final in Halle, 14th it is now? After his best win, double 6-3. Goffin next.

If he wins tomorrow final, apart from title #102, 10th Halle and 3rd of the season, he secures #2 seed for Wimbledon surpassing Nadal.

That means he only play Djoko in finals and if Nadal landa on Djoko’s side he can avoid him before finals also. Got a feeling Nadal will be on his side regardless. They want Fedal on grass again, specially as they played Rg, just like 2006-2008.

Also, seems nobody is “on firm” on grass rifhr now. We know Djoko is ready as ge made this transtion well in the past with no tune up. Nadal a toss up dependong on hos draw and dangerous 1st week.

DelPo out; Cilic, Anderson, Dimi, Kyrgios, Raonic, all players who can play on grass are up and down.

Will be a very unpredictable winner until later stages. But still believe its Fed or Djoko’s tourney. Wimbledon is the tourney Big 4 has maintened stringghold the longest, since 2003.


the_mind_reels Says:

Much cleaner from Federer today. He looked very relaxed during both the games and changeovers. He also served more effectively and backed up his second when he had to. Probably also just not a great match up for PHH, who couldn’t apply any pressure in his return games.

Too bad I can’t stick around Halle for the finals tomorrow! Goffin was steady in the earlier match if not overwhelmingly convincing. He’ll have his hands full tomorrow with Fed and will have to find the clutch return game that won him the TB today if he wants to have a chance.

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