Roger Federer, Alejandro Falla to play for Gerry Weber title

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Halle, Germany (4E Sports) – Roger Federer cruised into his ninth finals appearance at the Gerry Weber Open after beating Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 7-6(4), Saturday.

Federer, who won the tournament six times, fired 10 aces and was a perfect on break point opportunities to dismiss the Japanese in 73 minutes.

Federer will vie for his 14th grass title and 79th overall against Alejandro Falla, who became the second Colombian to reach an ATP World Tour final in 2014 with a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over home favorite Philipp Kohlschreiber in two hours and 22 minutes.

Falla is the first South American to reach the final in the 22-year history of the Gerry Weber Open and the first left-hander since Petr Korda in 1997.

The Cali native is seeking to become the second first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season after Federico Delbonis prevailed in Sao Paulo.

In London, world No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov reached his first ATP World Tour grass-court final with a 6-2, 6-4 upset win over top seed Stan Wawrinka.

The fourth-seeded Dimitrov broke Wawrinka’s serve for the first time in the tournament as he took an early 3-2 lead.

After closing out the first set with a second service break, Dimitrov fended off two break points in the early stages of the second set before breaking Wawrinka in the seventh game. He claimed victory in 62 minutes.

Dimitrov will go for his fourth ATP World Tour title against Feliciano Lopez, who beat Radek Stepanek, 7-6(7), 6-4.

On the women’s side, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic advanced to the final with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zhang Shuai.

Ivanovic recovered after dropping the match’s first two games to prevail in just over 57 minutes.

Ivanovic next plays Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who defeated 16th seed Casey Dellacqua, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

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