Roger Federer matches insane Rafa Nadal feat with 102nd career title

Roger Federer has won an unprecedented 10th title at the Halle Open, downing David Goffin 7-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final.

It extends Federer’s historic record at the German event, and makes him just the second player in ATP history to win double-digit titles at one event.

The only other man to achieve that feat is Rafael Nadal, who has 12 French Open titles and 11 apiece in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

The 19th grass court title of Federer’s career is also an unprecedented feat.

Roger Federer poses with the trophy. (Photo by CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Swiss legend is now just seven titles away from Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 109, and the first player to win three titles this year.

And if that wasn’t enough, he’s the oldest player to win a tour-level title since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall in Hong Kong in 1977.


Federer will now head to Wimbledon in high spirits, unbeaten on grass so far this season.

"It's unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles," said Federer.

The Swiss star is chasing a ninth Wimbledon crown in London next month as he looks to extend and defend his record of 20 career majors.

Nadal moved to within just two titles of Federer's record with his 12th French Open triumph earlier this month, while World No.1 Novak Djokovic is just five short with 15 career majors.

Federer endured a rough ride in the early rounds in Halle, battling to hard-fought, three-set victories over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Things got easier in the latter stages as he thrashed Andy Murray's new doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the semi-finals before dispatching Goffin on Sunday.

Federer held off three break points early in the first set before prevailing in the tiebreaker.

An unsettled looking Goffin then gifted Federer the opening game of the second set with a double fault on break point.

From there, the Swiss never looked back, breaking Goffin twice more on his way to a 10th Halle title.

with agencies