Roger Federer was eliminated in the Halle second round by Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets. The Swiss' 71st victory in Halle fades. The Swiss had never lost in the second round in the historical German event and had already gone over 70 wins in five tournaments, but on the other side of the net he found a brave Felix Auger-Aliassime, who despite numerous wasted opportunities in the first and in the second set he won in comeback with the final score of 4-6, 6-3, 6.
Both players got off to a good start and left the crumbs for their opponent. The first to concede break points was Federer, who however recovered from 15-40 thanks to a winning serve and an ace. In the next game, the 20-time Grand Slam champion then thundered Auger-Aliassime with an amazing backhand pass.
The Canadian did not give up and at 4-5 he got again two consecutive break points, but Federer was not intimidated: he first sent the message back to the sender and then closed the set with a delicious serve and volley. In the second half of the game, the Swiss still saved himself with his serve, this time from 0-40, but you never scored in response.
The break that extended the match came in the sixth game, when Auger-Aliassime surprised Federer with a very deep response. In the final and decisive set, Federer appeared physically rather struggling and struggled to keep up with his rival.
The Canadian earned the double break in a few minutes, taking advantage of two bad mistakes by Federer: the first with the backhand, the second with the forehand volley.