Federer eyes record 10th Halle title

ROGER Federer says staying wide awake will be the key to his grass court season with his focus on claiming a record 10th Halle title this week.

The 37-year-old Swiss was given the run around by Rafael Nadal last time out on the Roland Garros clay, but says he will be back in his element on his preferred lawns at the freshly renamed Noventi Open.

“It was good to reach the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament again, and in my first appearance in Paris for four years,” said Federer, who last won the title in Paris in 2009.

“I feel fresh, rested and ready for the grass season now,” said Federer, who will target a ninth Wimbledon win in July.

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“The surface suits me: I like the intuitive, aggressive game,” Federer told a press conference ahead of Halle.The matches on grass are often decided in a few rallies. You have to stay awake and concentrated.” – AFP

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