With the prestigious tournament edging nearer day by day, the 7 time Wimbledon champ prepares himself for the grass court action after enjoying a nice, long break from tennis after skipping the clay season.
The Swiss is bidding to find a winning head start to his grass court campaign in 2017 after suffering a shocking opening round upset in Stuttgart to one of his good friends – Tommy Haas. Federer is surely one of the major favourites to winning this tournaments alongside the in-form Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and is determined to make a strong kickstart in Halle. The World No. 5, seemingly shouldn’t find himself caught up in a mess and should ease past Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei to complete an astonishing 1100 wins on the ATP Tour.
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The eight-time Halle champion earlier in the year decided to skip the entire clay court season in order to take a necessary break from play and give himself time for good recovery ahead of his favourite grass-court season. It wasn’t surprising to see him lose his opening match at Stuttgart considering the amount of time he has kept himself away from the game. Though the former World No 1 will be doing his very best to avoid a replica of such scenario in Halle, given everything allow such a scenario to repeat in Halle because this is his final tournament before Wimbledon.
On the other hand, Lu also decided on skipping the entire clay season as he only played in the opening round of French Open that ended up in a cheap defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky. Interestingly, grass is one surface Lu has done well on, but the current World No 73 is notably miles away from having the ability to defeat Federer after looking at his best tennis far from his reach. Lu has played as many as three finals on grass averaging two wins and one loss. He fell prey to the current World No. 1 Andy Murray in the second round of Wimbledon in straight sets.
Speaking of the pair’s previous meetings, Roger has failed to drop a set in the three head to head encounters with Lu. The toll would have risen to 4, if Lu hadn’t withdrawn from last year’s Halle quarter-finals due to injury. Their last encounter happened two years ago in the opening round of Australian Open where the Swiss claimed a comprehensive victory.
The match shouldn’t turn out to be challenging for the Swiss national. Roger is clearly the hot favourite in the match and is expected to ease past the Chinese comfortably.
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