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Roger Federer eases through Halle opener

The Swiss maestro won 6-4,7-6(7-3) to go on through to the next round of the Gerry Weber Open.

By: AFP | Halle Westfallen (germany) | Updated: June 16, 2016 1:17 pm
Roger federer, Federer, Fedex, Gerry Weber Open , Halle. Weber, Germany, ATP, ATP tournament, Roger Federervs Jan Lennard-struff, Tennis news, Sports news Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a ball in the match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany during the Gerry Weber Open ATP tennis tournament in Halle, Germany, Wednesday June 15, 2016. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

Roger Federer got his bid for a ninth Halle grasscourt title off to a winning start on Wednesday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Germany’s world number 88 Jan-Lennard Struff.

The top seed and world number three will face Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, ranked 64, for a place in the last eight, as he steps up his bid for another tilt at the Wimbledon title.

“It was hard to find a rhythm today. He took the ball early, went for a lot on the forehand, backhand. He has a big serve, especially the first one,” Federer said.

“So then you go back to basics, you focus on your own serve. I thought I did that very well. He never really had chances on my own serve, so that was comforting.”

The 34-year-old Federer, who has now won 52 matches in his Halle career, has yet to win a title in 2016, his longest drought to start a year since he went title-less in 2000.

But Wednesday’s tie was just his 19th match of the season after he struggled with a back injury and endured knee surgery in February.

His injury woes forced him to skip the French Open, ending his record run of 65 successive Grand Slam appearances stretching back to 1999.

Last week, 17-time major winner Federer made the semi-finals of the Stuttgart grasscourt event, where he lost to Dominic Thiem, who went on to take the title.

Later this month, Federer will begin his bid for an eighth Wimbledon title when the third Grand Slam tournament of the season starts on June 27.

“I feel after the first round, after having played last week, actually maybe something is really possible here,” added Federer.

“I don’t want to get too carried away but I feel like if I serve the way I did today and I’m able to step it up just a little bit on the return from the baseline, all of a sudden I’m dangerous for anybody.

“We’ll see how it goes. But I take one match at a time and I hope just to keep on playing a bit better match by match.”

 

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