After a bit of a hiccup in Stuttgart, Roger Federer brought his 2017 resurgence to Halle this past week and went all the way to the title. Here are 10 things he achieved with his latest title run:
1. He got revenge on Zverev. Alexander Zverev had beaten Federer in the Halle semifinals a year ago, snapping his 15-match winning streak at the event. He avenged that in this year’s final, 6-1 6-3.
2. He won his ninth Halle title. He’s now won the grass court event in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He’s never won any other tournament more than seven times.
3. He’s now one of two men in the Open Era to win the same event nine or more times. Nadal is the only other man to do it - he’s won Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros 10 times each.
4. He won the 92nd ATP World Tour title of his career. He’s still third place for most titles in ATP World Tour history, but he’s closing in on second place (Lendl has 94). Connors leads with 109.
5. He reached the 140th ATP World Tour final of his career. Federer improved to 92-48 in his career in ATP World Tour finals, which also includes an 18-10 career record in Grand Slam finals.
6. He won his fourth ATP World Tour title of the year. Federer added Halle to previous titles at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. He’s now tied with Nadal for most titles so far this year.
7. He improved to 24-2 on the year. And Federer had match point in both of his losses, which came against No.116 Donskoy in the second round of Dubai and No.302 Haas in the first round of Stuttgart.
8. He passed 1100 career match wins. With his first round win over Sugita on Tuesday, Federer became just the second man in the Open Era to pass 1100 career match wins (Connors had 1256).
9. He’s the first player to beat both Zverev brothers at the same ATP World Tour event. By beating Mischa in the second round and Alexander in the final, Federer is the first player to beat both Zverev brothers at the same ATP World Tour event. Donald Young did it once at an ATP Challenger.
10. He’s going to be one of the favorites for Wimbledon. Whether or not he’s seeded in the Top 4 by the All-England Club - he’s currently ranked No.5, so that’s up in the air - Federer reminded everyone in Halle just how dangerous he is on grass. Can he win an eighth Wimbledon title this year?
Here are some highlights from his straight set championship victory over Zverev in Halle: