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Federer’s Wimbledon preparations are scuppered by Haas in Halle

| 19.06.2012

Sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer’s bid to equal Pete Sampras’ mark of seven Wimbledon titles this summer were dealt a blow by a shock straight-sets defeat to Tommy Haas in his preferred warm-up tournament in Halle.

The 30-year-old great has triumphed five times at the German grass-court event and has never before won Wimbledon after an unsuccessful participation in the competition.

The result therefore suggests that he will struggle to break down the growing Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic duopoly in the men’s game – the pair have contested the last four Grand Slam finals – at SW19, where he is rated a 9/2 third favourite.

It was Haas’ first victory over the former world number one for over a decade, the upset enhanced by his earlier claim to be mystified at progressing to the final past former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Though the German was boosted by home support in Halle, such a warm welcome might not be afforded to the wildcard at Wimbledon following his recent criticism of 8/1 fourth favourite Andy Murray’s alleged playacting.

He said of the British hope: “Sometimes he looks like he can barely move, then comes the trainer and then he moves like a cat. I believe everyone knows this now. People talk about it in the locker room.”

Over at the AEGON Championships at Queen’s, the star turns Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga exited early, with the title eventually being claimed by Marin Cilic after a remarkable and unusual ending to his final with David Nalbandian.

The Argentine, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2002, was a set up but reacted to being broken to love in the second set for 3-4 by kicking an advertising board, an act which led to a line judge being accidentally injured, prompting his disqualification.

Cilic, who beat Sam Querrey in the semi-final, has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, and is consequently a 150/1 outsider still to take the trophy next month.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.