Nine-time champion Roger Federer advanced to his 16th quarter-final from as many Halle appearances in 2018, notching a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Benoit Paire in one hour and 58 minutes. It was Roger's 61st win in one of his favorite tournaments, and the 23rd win in 25 games played that season, extending his impressive streak a couple of weeks before his 37th birthday.
Roger claimed the 18th consecutive victory on grass and the 170th overall on the fastest surface, closing in on Jimmy Connors' Open Era record of 174. It was his sixth meeting and the sixth victory for Roger, who lost a set to Benoit for the first time before bouncing back in the third to claim victory in the decisive tiebreaker.
Gasquet opens up on Roger Federer
Richard Gasquet recently called Roger Federer the "greatest player of all time" who cannot be replaced given his elegant playing style. Gasquet also acknowledged, however, that Novak Djokovic has achieved some "incredible" feats and that he is the best player right now.
"I see tennis differently, I've always said that for me it's not just the number of Grand Slam titles that matters," Richard Gasquet said. "One at 21, the other at 22 or 23. I don't just see the Grand Slam winner, I look at the aesthetics, what you give off on the court.
I often hear the race to the highest, it is a pointless subject. For me, Roger Federer is irreplaceable, he's the greatest player of all time when I see the aesthetics, the grace he has on the court." However, Gasquet claimed he does like Djokovic as a player too.
In fact, the Frenchman doesn't think of himself as someone who is biased towards either the Serb or Federer. "I watch tennis for that (the beauty), although Novak Djokovic is definitely the best and an amazing player," Gasquet said.
"Winning three Grand Slams in a row is incredible. I'm not into the pro-Federer or pro-Djokovic thing. There are some who like Federer and don't like Djokovic at all, that's not my case at all; I like Djokovic a lot.
It's just that when I watch Federer, I've been in awe from start to finish forever. In sports, I watch Messi, Neymar, I see the aesthetics and the extraordinary sensations they provide." Roger Federer has been struggling to find his rhythm and form on the court for the past couple of years.
The knee injuries and surgeries have slowed him down on the court, consequently affecting his game. However, he is focused and determined enough to get back to his winning ways and perhaps win a Grand Slam title before retiring.