Coric Stuns Federer To Clinch Halle Crown

Borna Coric and Roger Federer with tournament director Ralf Weber and Eva Herzigova (photo: GERRY WEBER OPEN/HalleWestfalen)

HALLE, June 24, 2018

Borna Coric celebrated the biggest triumph in his career by winning the 26th edition of the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday. The 21-year-old from Croatia, who had reached the final without losing a set, maintained a high standard of grass-court tennis to beat nine-time Halle champion Roger Federer 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2.

Coric saved three of the four break points he faced, converting two of his own to secure victory in two hours and six minutes.

“I’m definitely going to leave with my head high, thinking it’s been a good run in Stuttgart and Halle,” said Federer, who will lost his World No. 1 ranking ahead of Wimbledon after he failed to secure his 10th Halle title.


Borna Coric – photo: : GERRY WEBER OPEN/HalleWestfalen)

Coric has become the first man to beat Federer on grass since Tommy Haas at the 2017 MercedesCup.

“[I am] just really surprised… I had not even dreamed of this,” said Coric. “During the whole whole week I was serving really well. I felt confident that I could hold serve and then automatically I can play with less stress.

“It is the most unbelievable feeling, [to beat Federer]. I looked up to him when I was younger, watching his matches back at home with my mum, my dad and my sister. Just playing him here today was a very special moment and beating him just makes it even bigger for me.”

The #NextGenATP star clinches his second ATP World Tour title following his triumph in Marrakech last year. Coric takes away €427,590 in prize money as well as 500 ATP ranking points.

Kubot/Melo take doubles crown

Later in the day, Lukasz Kubot from Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil captured the doubles title in a rematch of last year’s championship battle against Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev of Germany.

The top seeds secured a 7-6(1), 6-4 win over the siblings. The final lasted one hour and 27 minutes.