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Roger Federer makes winning start to grass-court season at Halle Open

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Roger Federer 'No one wants Halle to leave ATP calendar'

I have all the options and when you have options, it gives you options to win and different tactics you can use against different players.

The nine-time Halle Open champion, Roger Federer has arrived for Germany's largest ATP tournament and the Swiss legend is closely associated with the tournament and officials in Halle, also he is proficient in their local tongue.

Speaking after his own first-round victory against John Millman, Federer said he was happy to see Tsonga back on court. "And the first time in Paris for four years".

Federer crashed out of the US Open previous year to the Australian amid complaints of stifling heat in NY, but Millman found the Swiss a far tougher nut to crack on his favoured surface. "And that's why I'm feeling very good in the tournament", Roger Federer said. It used to always be here in Halle, you know, my first round. "I feel fresh, rested and ready for the grass season now". It will be a great match in the first round. John always brings 100 percent to the court. "It will be a real test, however, maybe that's exactly what I need", Federer commented on his upcoming opponent.

He is excited to be back on the green tennis courts. I think I had a clear game plan, I knew that it was going to be more hard for him to dominate the baseline. On the other hand, it is always a tightrope walk.

The Frenchman is one of the few players who can boast of a flawless record on grass against eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer.

"If we had played ten times, the roles would probably be reversed".

Millman had beaten Federer at the US Open past year, yet the 20-time grand slam champion - bidding for a 10th title in Halle - controlled their clash on Tuesday.

Coverage of the Halle Open is being broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.

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