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Borna Coric defeats Roger Federer to win Gerry Weber Open

Roger Federer GETTYRoger Federer is looking for a record-extending 10th Halle triumph
Cassandra Castillo | 26 June, 2018, 16:55

Federer missed out on a chance to add a 10th Halle trophy to his bulging cabinet.

Borna Coric sprung a shock in the final of the Gerry Weber Open as he beat defending champion Roger Federer to lift the title.

Coric's win also knocked Federer off the No.1 ATP ranking spot and ended his 20-match winning streak on grass which started back in June a year ago.

World number one Rafa Nadal will warm up for next month's Wimbledon Championships by playing two exhibition matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic in Hurlingham this week.

Coric, who accounted for German second seed Alexander Zverev in the first round, held his nerve against the crowd favourite at this venue which styles itself after the All England club.

"I was impressed with him", Federer said after only his third loss of the year.

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The Swiss fired a dozen aces but lost serve twice.

The Croat fended off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes.

The veteran had the 21-year-old on the ropes, earning two set points.

But Coric annulled the first with a service victor while a wild Federer backhand accounted for the other.

Federer, who skipped the clay-court season including the French Open, began his grass season last week by winning the title in Stuttgart. He was too delicate with a volley at the net and failed to get his shot over, with Federer serving out the set to love.

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