Roger Federer returns to grass court docket, wins Halle Open opener in Wimbledon warm-up

HALLE, Germany – Roger Federer returned to the pitch with a win over qualifier Ilya Ivashka on Monday because the Swiss man chases his eleventh Halle Open title after his retirement from the French Open to prioritize the grass season.

Federer held the serve all through a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win towards his Belarusian opponent, however solely interrupted within the final recreation of the sport. Federer is now 69-7 in profession video games in Halle, his favourite warm-up for Wimbledon. 5 of his eight Wimbledon titles in his profession got here after profitable in Halle in the identical 12 months.

Federer pulled out of the French Open final week after the third spherical, saying he wished to keep watch over his health after two knee surgical procedures.

Within the second spherical he performs both towards the aspiring Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or the hit Hubert Hurkacz from Poland.

Additionally on Monday, the seventh seeded David Goffin retired within the first spherical match towards Corentin Moutet after he was near victory. Goffin fell within the second set however nonetheless served 6-1, 5-3 for the sport earlier than dropping the following 4 video games and retiring on the finish of the set with a rating of 6-1, 5-7.

The US qualifier Marcos Giron defeated the Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7: 6 (4), 7: 6 (6) and the Australian Jordan Thompson beat the native wild card Daniel Altmaier 6: 2, 7: 6 (4) by.

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