Borna Coric beats Roger Federer to win Halle title

Lynette Rowe
June 28, 2018

Borna Coric of Croatia stunned Swiss legend Roger Federer in the final 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 to win the Gerry Weber Open title on Sunday.

Federer also lost the number one spot in ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal, and missed a chance to earn a record 10th title at the German venue.

"Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off", said Roddick as Federer goes past the American's record for Slam titles.

The defeat means Spain's Rafael Nadal will take over as world number one.

If Federer had won, he would have competed for his 100th career title at 2018 Wimbledon. The 21-year-old had lost twice to Federer, but pushed him all the way in their last meeting at Indian Wells in March.

The 32-year-old, who was ousted in the fourth round at the All England Club last year, will play ATP NextGen Finals victor Chung Hyeon on Wednesday and Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2016, on Friday.

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"I think that most importantly for him he showed consistent level of play during all week, even against Dimitrov, even yesterday against Chardy".

Cilic was on the verge of a third loss in the Queen's final when Djokovic held a match point in the second set.

Coric, who had reached the final without losing a set, maintained a high standard of grass-court tennis to beat the eight-time Wimbledon champion 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 after two hours and six minutes on court.

But he banished his nearly-man tag with a gutsy comeback to claim only his second win in 16 attempts against Djokovic, clinching his 18th career ATP title and his first since Istanbul a year ago.

"It was a big relief because there was pressure from all sides, especially from myself, to do better in Slams", said the 21-year-old before dedicating the win to former coach Peter Carter who died in a auto crash in South Africa earlier in the year.

The victory at the tournament will be a big positive point, ahead of Wimbledon, for the Swiss maestro who dropped out of clay season to stay fresh for the grass-court tournament.

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