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Federer Handed Tough Path In Quest For 10th Halle Trophy

Roger Federer will have the chance to gain revenge in his opening match at next week's NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.

The nine-time champion's campaign for a 10th title at the ATP 500 event will begin against John Millman, the man who ended his 2018 US Open campaign with a gruelling four-set victory under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer will be looking to add to his 63-7 record at the grass-court tournament, following an impressive run to the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Nadal). The World No. 3 is aiming to lift his first title in Halle since 2017, after losing to Borna Coric in three sets in last year’s championship match.

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If Federer overcomes Millman for the second time in three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, his path to the trophy does not get any easier. The 37-year-old would meet former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or in-form Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round.

Tsonga has defeated Federer in six of their previous 17 FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters, which includes a five-set comeback victory in their only previous clash on grass at Wimbledon in 2011. Paire also arrives in Halle in good form, after winning two ATP Tour titles on clay this year in Marrakech (d. Andujar) and Lyon (d. Auger-Aliassime).

Federer shares the top quarter of the draw with seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut and former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet. Bautista Agut has reached the quarter-finals or better in both of his previous two appearances in Halle, while Gasquet owns three ATP Tour trophies on grass, including last year's Libema Open title (d. Chardy).

There will be no repeat of last year's final after defending champion Coric landed in the same half as Federer. The World No. 14 dropped only one set en route to the title last year, which included victories against Federer and second seed Alexander Zverev. Coric opens against Jaume Munar of Spain and headlines the second quarter of the draw alongside fifth seed Gael Monfils.

Second seed Alexander Zverev will meet Robin Haase in his opening match. The two-time runner-up (2016, 2017) will be hoping to earn his first win on grass this year after falling in his opening match at the MercedesCup to Dustin Brown in three sets. Zverev is joined in the bottom quarter by eighth seed Guido Pella, David Goffin and 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The third quarter of the draw sees third seed Karen Khachanov and sixth

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Berrettini To Play Felix In Stuttgart Final

Matteo Berrettini had never reached an ATP Tour semi-final on grass before this week’s MercedesCup, but you’d never know it by his play.

The No. 2 Italian defeated home favourite Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach his third championship match of the season and his first-ever on this surface. Berrettini has held all 39 of his service games this week. And although he faced his first two break points of the ATP 250 tournament, he was not phased.

“This week I’m playing really well. I’m feeling really comfortable on the court,” Berrettini said. “Since last year I think I’ve improved a lot on grass. Last year I didn’t like it so much. That was the key.”

Berrettini will play #NextGenATP Canadian sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime for the title after former World No. 3 Milos Raonic withdrew before their semi-final due to a lower back injury. In their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Berrettini will try to lift his third ATP Tour trophy and Auger-Aliassime will attempt to capture his first in his third final of the year.

“He’s a great player. He’s in his third final this year and for sure he’s playing really well,” Berrettini said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen. I never played him, I just practised once [with him] here for the first time. I think it’s going to be a great game and I’ll try to do my best.”

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Berrettini faced a tough test in Struff, who was fresh off a run to the fourth round at Roland Garros. The German has also earned three of his five Top 10 wins this year. But the Italian won all but four of his first-serve points (33/37) to set the tone, breaking once per set to secure his triumph after one hour and 14 minutes.

Berrettini also reached the final in Munich on clay earlier this year, and he will try to lift his first trophy in Germany on Sunday.

“I like Germany. This is my second final here this year,” Berrettini said. “The crowd was for sure helping [Struff], but it was helping me also. I really enjoyed it.”

Auger-Aliassime will try to win his first ATP Tour title when he faces the Italian, having fallen just short in the Rio de Janeiro and the Lyon finals.

"It’s just tough to see Milos

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Fever-Tree Championships: All You Need To Know

The Fever-Tree Championships, the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year in 2018, has been staged for more than a century at The Queen’s Club in London. 

Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray will make their return to the competitive action, respectively in singles and doubles, at Queen's. Anderson, who has been sidelined since March, will be the second seed behind Stefanos Tsitsipas. Meanwhile, five-time singles champion Murray will compete in doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez as he makes his comeback from hip surgery. The field will also feature Juan Martin del Potro, defending champion Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, British No. 1 Kyle Edmund and the Canadian trio of Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.

Here's all you need to know about The Queen's Club tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

Established: 1884

Tournament Dates: 17-23 June 2019

Tournament Director: Stephen Farrow

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 15 June

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 12:00pm, Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday at 1:30pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 23 June
* Doubles final: Sunday, 23 June

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Venue: The Queen's Club
Main Court Seating: 9,300

Prize Money: €2,081,830 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,219,150) 

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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Andy Murray (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan (5)
Oldest Champion: Feliciano Lopez, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 108 Scott Draper in 1998
Most Match Wins: John McEnroe (42)

2018 Finals
Singles: [1] Marin Cilic (CRO) d [WC] Novak Djokovic (SRB) 57 76(4) 63 - saved 1 MP   Read & Watch
Doubles: [2] Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Pee

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NOVENTI OPEN: All You Need To Know

The newly renamed NOVENTI OPEN, formerly the GERRY WEBER OPEN, is one of two ATP 500 tournaments on grass, along with the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club in London. 

Roger Federer, who has won a record nine Halle titles from 12 finals (63-7 match record), will make his 17th tournament appearance this year. The 37-year-old Swiss will be joined in the 2019 field by fellow Top 10 stars Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov, as well as defending champion Borna Coric. The Croatian recorded Top 5 wins over Zverev and Federer in the semi-finals and final last year to claim his biggest career title. 

Here's all you need to know about the Halle tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

Established: 1993

Tournament Dates: 17-23 June 2019

Tournament Director: Ralf Weber

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 15 June at 2:00pm

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Schedule
* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 12:00pm, Saturday at 1:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 23 June at 1:00pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 23 June at 3:30pm

How To Watch
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TV Schedule

Venue: Gerry Weber Stadion
Main Court Seating: 11,500

Prize Money: €2,081,830 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,219,150) 

Tickets On Sale: Buy Now

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (9)
Most Titles, Doubles: Jonas Bjorkman, David Rikl, Mikhail Youzhny, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, Julian Knowle, Raven Klaasen, Rajeev Ram, Lukasz Kubot, Marcelo Melo (2)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Borna Coric, 21, in 2018
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 192 Florian Mayer in 2016
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (63)

2018 Finals
Singles: Borna Coric (CRO) d [1] Roger Federer (SUI) 76(6) 36 62   Read & Watch
Doubles: [1] Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) d Alexander Zv

Read more: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/halle-tennis-atp-500-history-draw-schedule-tickets

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