Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Borna Coric defeats Roger Federer to win Gerry Weber Open

Borna Coric defeats Roger Federer to win Gerry Weber Open

Federer needed to retain his title to remain No. 1 in the world, but it will be Nadal who heads into Wimbledon as the top-ranked player in the world. Coric held his nerve to take victory.

With his world number one ranking on the line, the Swiss is sparing no effort to make sure he lifts a tenth title at the event on Sunday.

Borna Ćorić played an unbelievable match against world No. 1 Roger Federer in the Halle Open final to achieve the biggest result of his career!

If Federer can win in Sunday's final, the title will also be his 10th trophy here in the Gerry Weber Open.

He was then taken the tiebreaks in every match en route to the final - which Coric won over three sets.

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If you can beat Roger Federer on grass, safe to say you can probably win Wimbledon yourself. The Croatian withstood a Federer assault in the 11th game, which lasted for almost 10 minutes and featured five deuces.

Ebden did not make it easy for Federer, staying with the Swiss into the first-set tiebreaker.

Federer reached a 5-3 margin and sent down his fifth ace to earn a pair of set points.

The Aussie double-faulted to hand over four set points but one was enough as Federer hit a backhand service return victor.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion fought back to level by winning the second set, helped by a choke on a volley from Coric. If I lost the first set I think it would quite tough for me.

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Leading 5-3, Federer squared the match in the next game as Coric hit the net again.

Federer has dominated on grass for well over a decade and he is expected to clinch his ninth title at the All England Club. "Today he was serving great", Cilic said of Djokovic.

However, there is now a little bit of doubt for the 36-year-old heading into Wimbledon. He said he had been preparing for this win for many years.

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