Roger Federer was being put to the sword this week in Halle. A tournament that Federer has loved playing at, Federer just didn’t seem like at home this time.
After the win in Stuttgart, it seemed like we could be in for another season wherein one player dominates a particular surface.
But come Halle, and Federer’s magic seemed to be on the wane as he found it tough to get going and just managed to scrape through into the final.
In the final, across the net was an inspired Croatian, one who had worked really hard to get this far into the tournament and was hungry for success.
Federer just didn’t seem like dominating Coric on the big day, contrary to what many people believed, as they felt like Federer would be able to get the better of the youngster on the big day.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be, as Coric largely stream rolled through the Federer challenge, suffering a little blip in form in the second set, but other than that looking focussed and secure enough on court.
Ultimately he came out on top in three(7-6, 3-6, 6-2), taking advantage of Federer’s apparent fatigue towards the end of the third set.
Federer still goes into Wimbledon as the favourite, however, other players will take heart(and a lot of notes) from Coric’s win today.
Check out the tweets:
Borna Coric stuns #1 Roger Federer 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 to win ATP Halle, the biggest title of his career.
Coric was 2-9 on grass before this week. Quite the glow up.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 24, 2018
From grass rookie to grass guru!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 24, 2018
Roger Federer lost to 21-year-old Croatian Borna Coric 6-7 6-3 2-6 in the #HalleOpen final, in what would have been 99th title of his career!
It was Federer’s first loss on grass in 21 games since losing to German Tommy Haas in the #MercedesCup at Stuttgart in June 2017.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 24, 2018
Rafael Nadal new world number one again, will enter Wimbledon as #1 (but Federer will be the top seed).
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 24, 2018
But at one point Coric literally did have Federer up against the wall never forget pic.twitter.com/ZL4CB4KEGB
— TroubleFault (@troublefault) June 24, 2018
No 99th Tour Singles title for Federer, at least not yet. Borna Coric stops Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, winning Halle final 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2.
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 24, 2018
.@rogerfederer falls short against Borna Coric, losing 6-7(6) 6-3 2-6 to the Croat. Federer’s 20-match win streak on grass comes to an end. He will move to number 2 in the world come Monday, but he will still enter #Wimbledon as the #1 seed.
— Roger Federer Live (@FedererLive) June 24, 2018
Federer needs to follow a great person’s advice on break points…
To paraphrase what Phoebe Buffay tells Chandler when he’s attending a job interview:
— Roger Laver (@DonaldTendulkar) June 24, 2018
What happened? Omg Coric beating Roger on grass is pretty terrible. you need rest Rog 😘
— ★dejna★ (@dejna_d) June 24, 2018
It’s fine, a title and a F. Nice prep Rog. Now rest up. And well done Coric
— Susie20RF (@pandsreid) June 24, 2018
Fun match (except for the last 3 games 😶)
Coric was clutch on the big points. Life goes on
Hugs 🤗 to all Fedfans
Roger, love ❤ forever and no matter what😘
— Optimist☀ (@VolleyMePlease) June 24, 2018