Roger Federer will bid for a 10th career Halle title Sunday against Belgian veteran David Goffin.
Both guys has easy afternoons Saturday in Halle to reach the German final. Federer reached his 13th Halle final by vanquishing Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 6-3.
“It’s great. I thought it was a very solid performance from me,” Federer said. “I didn’t struggle on serve and [when] I had my opportunities on the return, I was able to take them.
“I was able to find some good energy today, especially in the important moments, because the past couple days have been tough,” Federer said. “It’s been a lot of tennis, so this is maybe exactly what I need going into the final.”
Now 67-7 at the event, Federer enters his 13th final against Goffin who dispatched the streaking Matteo Berrettini 7-6(4), 6-3.
“It was a great feeling on this court, an amazing atmosphere and a top-level match from my side. We didn’t give anything in our service games,” Goffin said. “I had to be really focused on every shot because you never know, sometimes you can make an easy mistake and then he had chances… so it was tough.”
Federer has won seven from eight against Goffin, but he’s never won double digit titles at a single event.
“He’s a great guy. I really like his game. He’s got one of the best backhand in the game. [He is] super fast on his feet and he’s got great footing on a court that’s really difficult,” Federer said. “He played a great match against Berrettini today to stop his run and also against Zverev. I watched that match and that was mighty impressive. So I think I’m going to have a tough final, anyway at this stage, but particularly against David, who I have a lot of respect for.”
Added Goffin, “It’s always special to play Roger, it’s something different… You just try to play your best tennis and go for it.”
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