Federer going for 7th Halle title, final vs. Falla

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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HALLE, Germany (AP) — Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after they won their semifinals on Saturday.

Federer fired 10 aces and defeated the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) as he improved his record here to 45-5.

"It was played on a very fast court and a few shots were going to decide it. They went my way," Federer said.

Nishikori rallied to force the second set to the tiebreak, where he made a mini-break at 4-2, only to let Federer off the hook with two consecutive forehand errors.

Federer miscalculated the score and hadn't realized he won.

"The crowd's applause was different, I looked at the referee and he was smiling, then I noticed Nishikori was at the net. I had to check the score. Of course, I was happy to accept the win," said the Swiss, who thought it happened for "probably the first time."

After a first-round bye, Federer began his Wimbledon preparations by defeating Portugal's Joao Sousa on Thursday then had a walkover in the quarterfinals.

Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to become the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass-court tournament.

"It's an amazing feeling," Falla said. "I knew I had good chances here. I already played great matches on grass courts. It's my favorite surface."

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