Roger Federer is beaten on grass as his Wimbledon hopes take a hit
Roger Federer’s hopes of a lengthy run in the Halle grass court event came to an end as he was beaten by Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Canadian star came from a set down to record a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against his idol Federer, as he reached the quarter-finals in Germany.
The victor seemed stunned by his victory against one of the game’s all-time greats, as he admitted he had realised a dream by beating 20-time Grand Slam legend Federer.
“It’s an amazing win, and I for sure didn’t expect this,” he stated.
“Of course you come into the match wanting to win, but Roger was my idol, like many of us growing up.
“It was a huge honour to play him before he retired, and to beat him is something amazing that I will always cherish.
“I was a little bit nervous, but I was playing really well. I was serving well and protecting my serve, I know I served amazingly in the third set.
“It was tough in the first set. I thought I was playing so good, as good as I can play, and I lost 6-4. When he was in his prime and No. 1 in the world, that must have been scary.
“But I still believed in my chances, and I wanted to see what I could do further in the match. And it went my way, so it’s really great.”
Federer pulled out of the French Open to focus on his preparations for Wimbledon, but this defeat suggests he may have plenty of work to do if he is to be competitive in what may be his final appearance at the All England Club.
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