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Goffin eyes ‘incredible’ Federer final after ending Berrettini run

Roger Federer On grass I feel like Rafael Nadal does on clay Goffin eyes ‘incredible’ Federer final after ending Berrettini run
Cary Erickson | 23 June, 2019, 16:24

A nine-time victor here, the 37-year-old Federer could make personal history by winning 10 titles in a single tournament for the first time.

The 20-time grand slam champion will now come up against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who advanced when defending champion Borna Coric retired with a back injury after losing the first set 7-5. Federer has won 13 of his last 18 final appearances overall and is 18-7 in career final appearances on grass.

World number three Federer is chasing a record-extending tenth title on the Halle grass as he warms up for Wimbledon next month, but has had to scrap to stay in the tournament this week.

At the Fever-Tree Championships, 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and will face Gilles Simon in the final.

Goffin has lost seven of his eight meetings with Federer in the past, beating him in three sets at the 2017 ATP Finals in London.

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Zverev's hopes of landing the title in his homeland were dashed when Goffin rallied to take out the second seed 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3).

The 34-year-old veteran showed little sign of having played the longest match at Queen's since 1991, a marathon of over three hours in Friday's quarter-final with compatriot Nicolas Mahut.

The Swiss next faces Andy Murray's Wimbledon doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Saturday's semi-finals. Goffin got 61 percent of his first serves in play and saved all three of his break points. But Federer used a dagger-like backhand slice at times to bring the Frenchman into the forecourt on the Swiss' terms, making it more comfortable for Federer and less so for Herbert. Herbert is looking forward to reaching his fourth ATP singles final, as he battles for his first tour-level title. "Some players need a very clear plan of what they will do ater tennis, but I don't", he said.

"I am not at 100 percent, but I think I'll be ok", he said.