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…
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