ThrowbackTimes Halle: Roger Federer tops David Goffin to become the first player..



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ThrowbackTimes Halle: Roger Federer tops David Goffin to become the first player..

World no. 3 Roger Federer proved his greatness on grass once again last year, beating David Goffin 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 23 minutes to lift the tenth crown in Halle and the 102nd overall on the Tour! Competing at one of his favorite tournaments for the 17th time, Roger advanced to the 13th final and went all the way to become the second player in the Open era with at least ten titles at a single ATP event after Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard claimed titles at Roland Garros, Monte Carlo and Barcelona ten times or more and Roger became the first player with ten ATP crowns on different surfaces. Playing on clay for the first time in three years, Roger had a great campaign in Paris, struggling a bit to find the range in the first event on grass but doing enough to reach the semis, ousting Pierre-Hugues Herbert in 62 minutes and gathering momentum ahead of Goffin's clash.

Federer lost 14 points in nine service games, fending off all three break chances and sprinting past David after a tight opener to lift the trophy.

Entering his first ATP final in more than a year and a half, the Belgian stayed in touch in the first set, wasting those break opportunities in the fifth game and reaching the tie break where he lost the ground, never finding a way to get back into contention.

Roger grabbed three breaks to control the pace in set number two and finish the job in style to complete another successful week in Halle. The Swiss had more winners than unforced errors, having the upper hand in the shortest range up to four strokes and forging his triumph there thanks to booming serves and the first groundstroke or a volley after it.

Federer held at 15 in the first game with a forehand winner and they both served well until 2-2 when Goffin created a massive chance to move in front. With no room for errors, Roger erased all three break points to keep the serve intact, bringing the game home after three more deuces to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard.

From 30-0 down in game seven, the Swiss won four straight points to avoid the danger and stayed in touch on the return at 5-4 to move two points away from the set. Goffin held and set the tie break where Federer opened a 5-2 advantage, sealing the deal with two service winners to gain a massive boost ahead of set number two.

With no steam left in his legs, Goffin committed a double fault at the beginning of the second set to give serve away, suffering two more breaks and propelling Federer over the finish line.