World #2 and defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer ran his win streak at Halle to 29 matches and his overall grass win streak to 11 matches by notching a close victory over one handed German Philipp Petzschner today, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in 1 hour and 32 minutes.

The victory sets up matchup number 25 between Federer and former Wimbledon aand US Open champion and world # 1, Lleyton Hewitt, who defeated Germany’s Benjamin Becker today, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-2 in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Federer, despite some famously well played matches in the series, has not lost to Hewitt in 15 matches, dating back to 2003.  Hewitt got off to a great start against Federer in his career, winning 7 0f their first 9 contests, but now trails in the head to head 17 to 7.  Federer made an important tactical change against Hewitt to turn the tide in his favor, when he stopped coming forward as much against the Aussie, who likes having a target at net and who doesn’t generate enough pace on his own to take Federer from the baseline.  Take a look at their head to heads below:

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2010 Australian Open
Australia
Hard R16 Federer, Roger
6-2, 6-3, 6-4 Stats
2009 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Federer, Roger
4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A.
Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2008 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass R16 Federer, Roger
7-6(7), 6-2, 6-4 Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A.
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-7(7), 7-6(1) Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Canada
Canada
Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2005 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 Stats
2005 Wimbledon
England
Grass S Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) Stats
2005 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells
California, USA
Hard F Federer, Roger
6-2, 6-4, 6-4 Stats
2004 Tennis Masters Cup
Houston, TX, USA
Hard F Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-2 Stats
2004 Tennis Masters Cup
Houston, TX, USA
Hard RR Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2004 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard F Federer, Roger
6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0 Stats
2004 Wimbledon
England
Grass Q Federer, Roger
6-1, 6-7(1), 6-0, 6-4 Stats
2004 ATP Masters Series Hamburg
Germany
Clay S Federer, Roger
6-0, 6-4 Stats
2004 Australian Open
Australia
Hard R16 Federer, Roger
4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 Stats
2003 AUS v. SUI WG SF
Melbourne, Australia
Hard RR Hewitt, Lleyton
5-7, 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-1 
2002 Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai, China
Hard S Hewitt, Lleyton
7-5, 5-7, 7-5 Stats
2002 ATP Masters Series Paris
France
Carpet Q Hewitt, Lleyton
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2002 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2001 ‘s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands
Grass S Hewitt, Lleyton
6-4, 6-2 Stats
2000 Basel
Switzerland
Carpet S Federer, Roger
6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6) Stats
2000 ATP Masters Series Canada
Toronto, Canada
Hard R64 Hewitt, Lleyton
3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Stats
2000 AUS V SUI 1RD
Zurich, Switzerland
Carpet RR Hewitt, Lleyton
6-2, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 
1999 Lyon
France
Carpet R32 Hewitt, Lleyton
7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4 Stats

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=F324&oId=H432

Hewitt, despite not beating Roger in years, does own one victory against Federer on grass, something that few active players can boast.  The match will not be televised live in the United States.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)