Roger Federer moved into his 7th Gerry Weber Open final after overcoming Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in today’s semifinal, winning 6-1 6-4.
The Swiss played some high quality grass court tennis as he stormed to take the first set in just 21 minutes, breaking Youzhny twice.
Youzhny was struggling with Federer’s variety of shots and the 16 time Grand Slam champion took the world no.31 Russian’s serve twice more in the second set to go 5-2 up. Despite Youzhny fighting back to 4-5, Federer comfortably served out the match and will have a chance to win his 6th title in Halle.
“It was nice to come out and play some decent tennis after yesterday’s shoot-out drill,” reacted Federer to today’s match in comparison with yesterday’s encounter against Canadian Milos Raonic.
The Swiss legend will play German Tommy Haas in the final, who defeated the defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets 7-6 (5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 34 minutes.
Wild card holder Haas, who bagged a huge win against the no.3 seed Berdych of Czech Republic in yesterday’s QFs, showed some fine grass court tennis from the very beginning.
None of the players faced a break point in the opening set and the German crowd was going to witness a tiebreak between the two. Despite Kohlschreiber holding serve more comfortably in the first 12 games of the match, it was Haas who kept his composure till the end, wrapping up the set.
Kohlschreiber showed a bit more tension when serving in set two and had to avert 3 break points to keep his title defence hopes alive. However, Haas finally managed to crack him in the 11th game just before serving out the match and setting up a dream final against the Swiss Federer.