Roger Federer: a favourite in the town of Halle. Darron Cummings/AP/Press Association Images
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German town names street after Roger Federer

Turn left at Boris Becker and continue on down to the end of Michael Stich…

ROGER FEDERER HAS had his name on the trophy. Now he has it on the street sign as well.

The town of Halle in western Germany hosts the Gerry Weber Open, a grass court tournament that serves as a Wimbledon warm-up.

Federer has won at Halle five times and has a “lifetime contract” with the tournament — if the Swiss great plays a pre-Wimbledon event, then it is the one in Halle.

Since the start of May, a street leading to the stadium, known as Weststrasse, is now called the Roger-Federer-Allee.

Tournament officials released a letter from Federer in which he said he is “extremely humbled” by the gesture, calling it an “amazing honour.”

Federer, a former No. 1 now ranked third, has won 16 Grand Slam titles.

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