Roger Federer hoping to continue ‘perfect year’ at Wimbledon

He may not have won title No 99, but Roger Federer is still happy with how things went in Halle.

Having won the MercedesCup a week earlier to return to the top of the world rankings, Federer was hoping to back it up with a 10th Gerry Weber Open trophy in Halle on Sunday, which would also have been his 99th ATP Tour singles title.

However, he was denied by the impressive Borna Coric with the man from Croatia winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.

The defeat means the 36-year-old lost the No 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal, but he is nevertheless pleased with his preparations for Wimbledon.

“I’m definitely going to leave with my head high, thinking it’s been a good run in Stuttgart and Halle,” he said.

“Borna did a good job, he was better in the important moments and extremely consistent. He deserved to win.

“This week I will enjoy a bit of free time. The year has been perfect so far and I hope that will continue at Wimbledon.”