Roger Federer due to two knee operations he did not play for over a year and even in Halle, where he is the most successful player of the tournament with ten triumphs, he did not play his best form. The 39-year-old Swiss resigned from the French Open after preparing for the famous Wimbledon and the event in Halle after advancing to the round of 16, so that he had time to adapt to another surface and attack the 21st Grand Slam laurel in the All England Club.
However, he did not succeed on the German side in the first round, in which he had great problems with Ilya Ivaška and did not have a sovereign effect even today against 19 years younger Félixovi Augerovi-Aliassimemu.
He developed a single breakball in the match and faced 15 threats himself. While in the opening act he managed to avert all four and after 35 minutes he took the lead, in the next two sets he was clearly a better player in the finalist of the previous event in Stuttgart and beat Federer 4-6 6-3 6-2.
“I didn’t expect to ever fight him. I thought he wouldn’t play again until I got to the biggest tournaments. It was a great honor for me to play with him. I was five years old when he won grand slams.” said Auger-Aliassime, who was also born on the eighth of August and ended the match with the 13th ace.
Federer took part in his favorite general for the eighteenth time in his career and dropped out for the first time before the quarterfinals. Since his first triumph in 2003, with the exception of 2016, he has always reached at least the finals.
Auger-Aliassime, who lost his eighth final at the ATP circuit in Stuttgart on Sunday, will face Marcosin Gironem. The American qualifier turned the fight with the home team today Jan-Lennard Struff, which failed to build on yesterday ‘s scalp of world number two Daniil Medvedev.
Coming of age
Andrej Rubljov in Halle continues without losing the set. After Karen Khachanov, the deployed Russian also dealt with Jordan Thompson, losing the Australian twice 6-4. He is fighting against his first semifinal on the grass Philippovi Kohlschreiberovi.
Kohlschreiber defeated Corentino Moutet 6-4 7-6 (4) at home and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP tournaments for the first time since May 2019. In it, the winner of the year 2011 will attack his first semifinal at this level since January 2019.
|• Singles – Round 2 •|
|Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – Federer (5-Switzerland) 4-6 6-3 6-2|
|Rublev (4-Rus.) – Thompson (Austr.) 6-4 6-4|
|Kohlschreiber (DEU) – Moutet (FRA) 6-4 7-6 (4)|
|Giron (USA) – Struff (DEU) 6-7 (1) 6-3 6-4|