Federer Loses to Unheralded Coric in ATP Halle Final


The Croatian reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open and won his first ATP World Tour trophy in April 2017 at the Grand Prix Hassan II.

Federer put pressure on Coric's serve in the second set and converted a break point in the eighth game to force a decider.

Borna Coric admitted that Lady Luck was on his side as he pulled off the biggest win of his career with a victory over Roger Federer in Sunday's final at Halle.

"Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title", Federer said in the post-match presentation.

Coric took a little over two hours to claim his first grass court title. He looked every bit the Wimbledon contender as he aims to return to the stage where he lost to Federer in the final previous year.

But a costly net fault from the 21-year-old Coric allowed Federer to even up the affair in the second set. But Coric wiped out the first with a service victor while a wild Federer backhand accounted for the other. "This is a first for me". "Today, Nadal is back at the summit of men's professional tennis", the statement said.

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Federer dropped to 98-51 in career finals.

Former US Open champion Cilic also lost the 2013 Queen's final and experienced fresh heartache against Federer in this year's Australian Open final.

The 21-year-old Croatian had started the tournament by beating world No. 3 Alexander Zverev of Germany, and finished by denying Federer his 99th career title.

Taming Kudla was no easy task, with Federer losing a break after taking an early 2-0 lead.

Monday's new order is the sixth change of the year at No. 1, the most since there were eight in 1999.