For the first time in his legendary career, Roger Federer reached 10 titles at a single event, hitting that mark today in Halle after beating David Goffin 7-6(2), 6-1.
“I just can’t believe it. When I played here first in 2000, it was unthinkable for me that I would once win the title ten times,” Federer told the crowd.
The 37-year-old Halle’s haul eclipsed his nine trophies at Basel.
“It’s amazing. For some reason I didn’t think I was going to make it anymore. Didn’t think of it much. I just thought match-for-match because the second round and quarters were so tough that I never really thought about how it would feel if I won and now it’s reality,” Federer said. “First time ever I could win a title 10 times in one place, so it’s obviously a very special moment in my career.”
Federer’s overall title total ups to 102, inching closer to Jimmy Connors’ all-time mark of 109. It was also his 19th career grass crown. And now his sights are set on another run at Wimbledon where he will likely be the second seed.
“Every time I’ve won in Halle, I went on to play really well at Wimbledon. It’s never a guarantee of course, but I’ve been on the Tour for long enough to know what it means,” said Federer who improves to 10-3 in the Halle final. “Most important is I know I’m injury-free. I’m going to have a couple of days off I guess and then get ready once I’m going to be at Wimbledon practising again. But for now I’m going to enjoy this one, rest up a little bit, and then look forward to the rest.”
Goffin falls to just 1-8 against the Swiss.
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