Halle, Germany – Roger Federer He returned to the field with a victory over the qualification Ilya Ivashka On Monday, the Swiss is chasing his 11th title at the Halle Open after withdrawing from the French Open to prioritize the grasscourt season.
Federer kept serve throughout the match in a 7-6(4) 7-5 win over his Belarusian opponent but didn’t break until the last game of the match. Federer is now 69-7 in his career matches at Halle, his best preparation for Wimbledon. Five of his eight Wimbledon titles came after Halle’s victory that same year.
Federer withdrew from the French Open after the third round last week, saying he wanted to take care of his fitness after two knee operations.
Monday also the seventh seed David Goffin retire against Corentin Mutit In their first round match, they came close to winning. Goffin fell in the second set, but continued to serve in the match 6-1 and 5-3 before losing the next four matches and retiring at the end of the group with the score level 6-1, 5-7.