17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer won his second title of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Gerry Weber Open. The Swiss No. 2 defeated Alejandro Falla to capture his seventh title at the event, and his 79th tour title overall.
“It is great to have won seven times here,” Federer told ATPWorldTour.com. “It is very special and I hope to come back here next year, where it is a [ATP World Tour] 500-series event.”
Federer, who exited the French Open in the fourth round for the first time in over a decade, is relieved to begin his grass court season strongly, particularly after his tough opening round match earlier in the week.
“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. With all the success I have had in the past, I need to aim for titles. I think I deserved the title this week.”
Not only has Federer won seven titles in Halle, he has also won an identical amount at the Wimbledon Championships, which is why he sees this tournament as vital for his preparation.
“In the past, when I have played well at Halle I have usually played well at Wimbledon,” said Federer. “They have been two of my most successful tournaments, so I hope that this title will bring me luck again. Last year it didn’t work out, but it did many times before. So I hope it will be back to the good old days.”