Federer targets Halle to get back on track

Swiss superstar Roger Federer is hoping to get his grass court preparations back on track this week at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Last week in Stuttgart, the 302nd ranked German Tommy Haas saved a match point to beat 18-time grand slam winner Federer in three sets to throw his preparations for Wimbledon of kilter.

Federer, who is scheduled to be in first round action on Tuesday in Halle against Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun, will be hoping to get things back on track in preparation for Wimbledon which starts on July 3 in England.  

In an interview carried by the ATP website, the 35-year-old Federer said it was important for him to get a win under the belt on Tuesday.

“A comeback is never simple, especially on grass where margins are so slim,” said Federer. “It’s important for me, especially after the Stuttgart week, to come here and make sure I win my first-round match and get going … The history I have here, having come and played well so often, definitely should help me to play good tennis this week.

“I want to take the right decisions on the tennis court. I don’t want to question myself too much. I’ll have the right focus and mindset, that point-by-point mentality.”

Federer has had a great start to the 2017 tennis season having won the Australian Open and three other titles so far. He decided to miss the clay court season including the French Open to focus on securing an eighth Wimbledon title.

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