Roger Federer has won a record-extending 10th Halle title after a dominant 7-6 6-1 win over David Goffin.
Federer held a 7-1 winning record over Goffin but the disparity wasn’t evident in the first set as the Belgian made the better start, and applied pressure on the top seed’s serve but wasted three break points early on.
The match went to a tie break and Federer stepped up his game to his race to win it 7-2.
Federer then stamped his authority on the match by breaking Goffin in the opening game of the second set and then consolidating.
The Swiss star then broke a frustrated Goffin two more times to seal another title in Halle, the 102nd of his career and heads into Wimbledon in excellent form.
“It’s amazing. For some reason, I didn’t think I was going to make it anymore. Didn’t think of it much. I just thought match-for-match because the second round and quarters were so tough that I never really thought about how it would feel if I won and now it’s reality.
“It’s the first time ever I could win a title 10 times in one place, so it’s obviously a very special moment in my career.
“Every time I’ve won in Halle, I went on to play really well at Wimbledon. It’s never a guarantee of course, but I’ve been on the Tour for long enough to know what it means.
“Most important is I know I’m injury-free. I’m going to have a couple of days off I guess and then get ready once I’m going to be at Wimbledon practicing again. But for now, I’m going to enjoy this one, rest up a little bit, and then look forward to the rest.”