Halle Open 2019: Roger Federer crushes David Goffin in straight sets to win record-extending 10th title

2019 Jun 24

Roger Federer has won a record-extending 10th title at the Halle Open after beating David Goffin in straight sets. The former World No. 1 managed to secure his 102nd career singles title and remain unbeaten on grass so far this season.

This is the first time the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion has claimed 10 titles at one tournament, and it’s his third triumph of the year, giving him a total of 102 tour-level trophies, moving to within seven trophies of Jimmy Connors' record of 109.

After waltzing past Belgium's David Goffin on Sunday, Roger Federer will head to Wimbledon in high spirits. The World No. 3 is chasing a ninth Wimbledon crown in London next month as he aims to extend and defend his record of 20 career majors.

“It's unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles.”
“Every time I’ve won in Halle, I went on to play really well at Wimbledon. It’s never a guarantee of course, but I’ve been on the Tour for long enough to know what it means.”

Roger Federer admitted that his and Rafael Nadal's success, as well as that of 15-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, limits opportunities for younger players.

“As long as me, Rafa and Novak are around it is not going to be easy for a young guy to come up and dominate.”

Interesting Fact

Federer first competed in Halle as an 18-year-old in 2000 when both his current coach, Ivan Ljubicic, and Goffin's coach, Thomas Johansson, played it, too. No player from that singles draw still plays on the ATP Tour.