Roger Federer's 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.
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A double break that will confirm in the following rounds of service without too many worries and that will lead him to conquer the fourth career victory against a top 10.
In the first match of the day, however, Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Corentin Moutet in two sets. The German thus gained access to the quarter-finals of an ATP tournament; the last time he did it in 2019 in Monaco. For Kohlscreiber the break obtained in the opening game was enough to bring home the first set; a set in which he was able to undo the only three break points granted to his opponent with a lot of courage.
Neither of them went beyond the advantages in response and the tie-break saw the experience of the player born in 1983 prevail, who finished smoothly at 7-4. The German will face Andrey Rublev in the next round. The Russian reached the quarter-finals in an ATP 500 tournament for the ninth consecutive time, then ended up winning the event four times.
In the first set, Rublev canceled a dangerous break point in the second game and surprised Jordan Thompson in the fifth; the Australian no longer made himself dangerous in response and succumbed with a score of 6-4. In the second set, Rublev found the break immediately thanks to a phenomenal forehand, but then ruined everything at 2-1 and put the Australian back in the game.
It will be a profound answer to substantially resolve the practice; it is thanks to this fundamental that Rublev has brought himself back and had the opportunity to end the game with a double 6-4.