Federer beats Falla for 7th Gerry Weber Open title

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm •  Published: June 15, 2014
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HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer delivered a statement of intent for Wimbledon on Sunday by winning the grass-court Gerry Weber Open for the seventh time.

Federer fired five aces and saved three of the five break points he faced to defeat Alejandro Falla 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the final. It was the 14th title on grass and 79th overall for the 32-year-old Swiss.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion improved his record to 46-5 in 12 appearances at the tournament where he made his debut 14 years ago.

"I've left a little bit of my heart here," Federer said after his ninth Halle final. "I'm very pleased now to go to Wimbledon."

Federer broke to go 5-3 up in the first set, only for Falla to respond with a break and take it to the tiebreaker.

Federer then started the second set with a break, but a forehand error allowed Falla to respond with a break in the next set. Both held serve to set up the second tiebreaker, where Federer's experience saw him through.

"To win in a tiebreak is always a bit special; the euphoria, the emotion comes out," Federer said. "I was able to deal with Falla's strengths in the final and also (Kei) Nishikori's in the semifinal. They were my second and third games on grass and I'm very satisfied with the level I could reach."

It was Federer's seventh win from seven meetings with Falla.

"He's the king of kings of tiebreaks," said Falla, who defeated 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the semifinals. "Overall I played very well throughout the whole week and I want to keep it up."

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