Fifth-ranked Swiss Roger Federer ceded the title of the German tennis tournament in Halle, which was canceled last year due to Corona, by exiting the second round at the hands of Canadian Felix-Ogier Eliassim, losing to him 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.
The disappointing appearance of the Swiss, who celebrates his 40th birthday next August and the winner of this tournament ten times in his career, comes days before the start of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the season, which begins on the 28th of this year.
After undergoing two surgeries on his right knee in 2020, Federer, the 20-times Grand Slam winner, withdrew from the fourth round of the French Open at Roland Garros last week to give himself more comfort and a better way of preparing for Wimbledon by participating in the Halle article. On the grass pitches.
But things did not go as the Swiss legend wished, to end his career in this session for the first time in this early fashion, because his worst result in Halle previously was exiting the quarter-finals twice in the first two participations in 2000 and 2001, while reaching the semi-finals in 2002 and 2016 and to the final In his other 13 participation (he lost 2010, 2012 and 2018).
Federer and the twenty-year-old were facing each other for the first time, and Eliasim succeeded in achieving the dream of beating his ideal, with whom he shares the same birthday, since they were born on the same day (August 8, 1981 to Federer and August 8, 2000 to Eliassim).
And the Canadian, who suffered his eighth defeat in a row in the final matches on Sunday, by losing in the Stuttgart tournament to Croatian Marin Cilic, which deprived him of his first title, will meet in the quarter-finals, the winner of the German Jan-Lennard Struff match, who overthrew in the first round the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the first in the session and the second in the world, and American Marcus Geron.
In contrast to Medvedev and Federer, the fourth Russian Andrey Rublev continued his career and reached the quarter-finals by defeating Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4, to face Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber, who defeated French Corentin Mute 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
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