Federer survives scare against Paire to advance in Halle

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2018

Federer has won Wimbledon a record eight times, with the most recent coming previous year.

"I got out of the box well, I felt good right away", Federer said.

"He is also the most attractive player to watch".

The Halle defending champion, who has a laneway leading to the stadium named in his honour, has won exactly half of his 18 grass trophies at the wooded north German venue.

Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has said he was feeling confident after five days of pre-Wimbledon practice on grass at Santa Ponça Tennis Club, where WTA Tour's Mallorca Open is being held.

He is now competing in the Halle Open and is due to compete against Benoît Paire in the second round on Thursday, having convincingly beaten Aljaž Bedene in the first round earlier this week.

Swiss Federer, 36, missed two match points to wrap up victory without the need for a tie-break in the final set. The Swiss delivered a one-two finishing punch of backhand down the line and forehand victor to advance easily.

And Murray had won the tournament four times in the past and chose to make his come-back bid there but was defeated by a hot Nick Kyrgios in three sets.

In other second-round matches, Croatian Borna Coric beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 while Italy's Andreas Seppi put out former champion Florian Mayer of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

Ebden reached the semifinals in the Netherlands last week, where he lost to Jeremy Chardy.

A week of rest and a light grass training schedule were apparently not enough to revitalise the world number three.

The unseeded 12-time Grand Slam champion produced a clinical display to win 6-4 6-1 and claim his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May.

Kohlschreiger, who lost in last week's Stuttgart first round, was more pleased with his performance. "I have good memories from previous year".

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece upset fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), while former title victor Philipp Kohlschreiber progressed against Marton Fucsovics.

Russian Karen Khachanov put out Mischa Zverev 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 while Australian Matt Ebden overwhelmed Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-0, 7-6 (7/2).

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