Halle Open: Roger Federer shocked by 20-year-old Felix Auger in 3 sets- Competing in Halle for the 18th time, Roger Federer failed to reach the quarter-final for the first time following a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in an hour and 44 minutes.
Felix Auger-Aliassime recovered from a set down to claim a record win against tennis legend Roger Federer on Wednesday. The 20-year-old defeated Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. With the win, Felix has reached the quarter-finals Halle Open.
“It’s an amazing win, and I for sure didn’t expect this. 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,”Auger-Aliassime said, grinning in an on-court interview.
Federer has won Halle Open 10 times, the most by any tennis player. He was facing the Canadian for the first time. Interestingly, both of them shares the same birthday but has an age gap of 19 years.
“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,” Auger-Aliassime said.
Felix will next face the winner of Jan-Lennard Struff, who toppled the No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev in the first round, or American qualifier Marcos Giron.
Federer, who has lifted the trophy in Halle a record 10 times, was playing against the 20-year-old Canadian for the first time. The pair share the same birthday, 8 August, but are separated by 19 years – the biggest age difference in Federer’s 1,521 career matches.
The Canadian will next face the winner of Jan-Lennard Struff, who toppled the No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev in the first round, or American qualifier Marcos Giron.
Federer who was seeded fifth in the competition was looking for his 70th win in Halle which would have helped him reach his 18th quarter-final at the event.
Halle Open Prize Money
The men’s tennis world elite meet on grass courts in preparation for the GRAND SLAM tournament in Wimbledon. The tournament has a Total Financial Commitment of 1.455.925 € in 2021 and is accepted by the ATP tour as part of the 500 Tour.
|Ranking list||Preize money (in Euro)|
|Singlesl||Doubles (per pair)|
|Round of 16||45||25.480||9.020|
|Loser first round||14.650||5.000|
(4 singles players / 1 double pair)
|20 (doubles: 25)||—||—|
|Qualifying round 3||10||—||—|
|Qualifying round 2||4 (Doppel: 14)||6.750||—|
|Qualifying round 1||3.565||—|
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