Roger Federer suffers pre-Wimbledon blow as he is beaten at Halle

Roger Federer suffered a pre-Wimbledon blow as he lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from the fourth round of the French Open to prepare for grass season, although he now looks like he will be heading to Wimbledon having played just one match on the surface in two years.

Roger Federer started the match brightly and it all looked like it was going to plan when he took the first set.

However, he suffered a collapse in form midway through the match before sinking to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat to the 20-year-old.

“It’s an amazing win, and I for sure didn’t expect this,” Auger-Aliassime said.

“Of course you come into the match wanting to win, but Roger was my idol, like many of us growing up.

“It was a huge honour to play him before he retired, and to beat him is something amazing that I will always cherish.”

Auger-Aliassime completely dominated the deciding set and he said that came down to simple belief.

“I was a little bit [nervous], but I was playing really well,” the Canadian said. “I was serving well and protecting my serve, I know I served amazingly in the third set.

“It was tough in the first set. I thought I was playing so good, as good as I can play, and I lost 6-4.

“I was [thinking], when he was in his prime and number one in the world, that must have been scary.

“But I still believed in my chances, and I wanted to see what I could do further in the match. And it went my way, so it’s really great.”

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