Federer hopes for a turnaround in Halle

June 11th, 2008 - 10:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, June 11 (IANS) Swiss No. 1 Roger Federer in his bid to get over his humiliating defeat in the French Open final has flown to Halle and is hoping for a turnaround in the run-up to the third Grand Slam of the year — Wimbledon. Federer, who has an unbeaten 54-match run on grass, lost in straight sets to clay-court king Rafael Nadal in Paris at the weekend. And after a short break at his home in Zurich, he flew in to Halle, West Germany, Wednesday.

“On Sunday night I was frustrated and I wanted to leave Paris as quickly as possible and I wanted time to think things over before coming here,” Federer was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

“The match against Rafa (Nadal) was not exhausting for me, so that helped with my decision to come here.”

Having won at Wimbledon for the past five years, Federer will use grass-court season at Halle’s ATP tournament to get over his Roland Garros disappointment .

“It felt funny last year to go to Wimbledon without having been in Halle first, because each time I went, I won it and then I won Wimbledon, so hopefully this will continue to be so this year.”

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