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Federer warms up for Wimbledon with Halle title

Federer warms up for Wimbledon with Halle title Photo: TT
Swiss Roger Federer celebrates with the trophy after winning the tennis ATP final against Belgium David Goffin in Halle

World number three Roger Federer has found form ahead of Wimbledon with his 10th ever title at the Halle Open on Sunday.

The Swiss maestro knocked off Belgium’s David Goffin 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 in the final to secure a record-breaking 10th crown.

“It’s unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles,” Federer said.

“Often when it went well for me here, I also had successful Wimbledons, so this sets me up nicely.

“It’s never a guarantee of course but I’ve been on the Tour for long enough to know what it means.

“And most important I know I’m injury free. I’m going to enjoy this, have a couple of days off and get ready.”

Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion and looms as one of the top contenders for the 2019 title.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be seeded number two at Wimbledon behind Novak Djokovic and ahead of French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

“It’s always good at my age to prove myself that I can last five matches in six days and tough ones along the way,” Federer said.

Wimbledon is due to get underway on Monday 1 July, with the draw to take place on Friday.

Australian French Open winner Ashleigh Barty will be the women’s top seed ahead of Naomi Osaka.

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