Federer scrambles to three-set win in Halle

The Local/AFP
The Local/AFP - [email protected] • 15 Jun, 2015 Updated Mon 15 Jun 2015 22:01 CEST
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Switzerland’s Roger Federer scrambled for a three-set victory on Monday against German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

After losing the second set and being down 5-3 in the final set, Federer prevailed 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in match that required two tie breaks.

Along the way the Basel native made a few dramatic shots, including a behind the back lob, on Halle’s grass centre court, where the tournament is seen as a warmup for Wimbledon.

Federer, 33, has won seven titles at the German venue and is aiming for an eighth win at the All England Tennis Club.

 The 17-time Grand Slam winner was pushed all the way by Kohlschreiber, the 2011 Halle champion, before clinching a second round matchup against either Ernests Gulbis or Sergiy Stakhovsky after just over two hours on centre-court.

Federer has reached the final of the last nine editions of the Halle tournament, but was given an almighty scare by the 31-year-old world number 28, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2012.
German players elsewhere in the draw had more luck, as Florian Mayer, Alexander Zeverev and Dustin Brown all advanced.



The Local/AFP 2015/06/15 22:01

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