Roger Federer is once more at the head of the Gerry Weber Open field in 2018 as he bids for an amazing tenth title at the latest edition of the 500-level grass-court tournament, one of the key events in the run-up to Wimbledon and live from Halle from 18-24 June.
Champion in Halle nine times between 2003 and 2017, Federer has grown to attach even more significance to the Gerry Weber Open in recent years. The 20-time Grand Slam champion skipped the clay-court season entirely in 2017 and his campaign in Halle, where he beat Mischa Zverev, former champion Florian Mayer, rising Russian Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev to win the title for the ninth time, played a crucial role as the Swiss star played himself into the kind of form that would see him capture his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title without dropping a set.
Federer has sat out the clay season once again in 2018 in a bid to prolong his playing career as much as possible and to give himself the best chance of capturing the Wimbledon title once again, which means the world no. 2 – who is very close to recapturing the world no. 1 ranking from perennial rival Rafael Nadal – will be raring to go in Halle where he leads a high-quality field of top players looking to tune up their games ahead of the third Grand Slam of the season.
Federer is joined by Alexander Zverev, who is hoping to win the first grass-court title of his burgeoning young career. The 21-year-old German has made the final in Halle for the past two years, finishing runner-up to Mayer in 2016 and Federer in 2017, but the world no. 3 – now a three-time Masters 1000 Series champion and fresh from a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open – is not content to play second fiddle to anyone and he looks set to make a determined challenge for the ATP Halle title once more in 2018.
French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, currently the world no. 7, joins his friendly rival Zverev as the Austrian looks for his own first Gerry Weber Open title and big-serving John Isner, who won his first Masters 1000 Series title in Miami earlier this year, is also in the field, looming large above his opponents as always.
Two-time ATP Halle semifinalist Kei Nishikori is always a popular addition to the field, the Japanese player looking to rebuild his ranking and break back into the top 10 after a period of injury, while breakthrough youngsters Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Andrey Rublev of Russia are among those aiming to find their feet on grass ahead of Wimbledon.
Led by nine-time champion Federer and featuring four top-10 players alongside a host of other recognizable names, the 2018 Gerry Weber Open promises to be another thrilling edition of the tournament when the ATP 500 event begins live from Halle on Monday 18 June.Subcribe Now