Roger Federer bags 7th Gerry Weber Open crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Halle, Germany (4E Sports) – Second seed Roger Federer captured his seventh Gerry Weber Open title and his 14th grass-court trophy after beating Alejandro Falla, 7-6(2), 7-6(3), Sunday.

“It is great to have won seven times here,” said Federer, who finished the match in 89 minutes. “It is very special and I hope to come back here next year, where it is a [ATP World Tour] 500-series event.”

“I really enjoy winning titles. It is what I play for, to play and receive a standing ovation at the end. I am very pleased with my performance. I work hard and travel the tour to win these titles and not lose in the quarters or semi-finals,” he added.

Federer, who improved to a 46-5 record in Halle, received $128,860 in prize money and earned 250 ATP Rankings points. He has now won 79 tour-level titles. He has also lifted the Wimbledon crown seven times.

Federer had an opportunity to serve for the set at 5-3, having converted his second break point opportunity on Falla’s serve at 30/40, 3-4. But Falla responded with his own break, to 15, en route to a first-set tie-break.

Federer broke clear at 2-2 in the tie-break, winning five straight points to wrap up the 42-minute opener. He had lost two of his first service points in the opener.

Federer broke Falla to 30 in the first game of the second set, but once again Falla responded by clinching his third of three break point chances for 1-1.

Without any further chances to break, Federer took a 3-0 lead in the tie-break and went on to maintain his perfect 7-0 record against Falla, who picked up $67,865 and 150 ranking points.

Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov saved one match point as he captured his first ATP World Tour grass-court title with a 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6) victory over Feliciano Lopez in the final of the Aegon Championships.

The Bulgarian received 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €90,100 ($121,993) in prize money after winning his fourth ATP World Tour title.

On the women’s side of the event, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic captured her first-ever title on grass, beating Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

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