Defending champion Roger Federer conquered the Gerry Weber Open for the seventh time by prevailing over Alejandro Falla in straight sets in Halle this afternoon. While the unseeded Colombian – who is yet to win a tour-level event – did not disappoint and took both sets to the distance, the Swiss Maestro asserted his dominance in crucial moments to lift 79th career trophy and keep a clean head-to-head record against today’s opponent by beating him on all seven occasions.
The finalists held serves rather easily in the opener until the eighth game where Roger took advantage of two consecutive mistakes by Falla to break for 5-3, yet he got erroneous himself when serving for the set next. The World no. 69 thus forced a tie-break, but could no longer keep up with FedEx who won six rallies in a row to move one nil ahead.
He went a set and a break up after the following game, but again failed to confirm it and let Falla back into the match. No more break points were created later in the set and while the Colombian came two points away from pulling level at 6-5, the second seed Swiss squeezed through to another breaker. He opened it with a mini-break and marched on thanks to assured serving. His rival conceded a few more errors before netting a forehand on the initial championship point – Federer lifted the second trophy of the year by completing a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) triumph.
He claimed 83% of first serve rallies and converted both break points he had generated in 89 minutes of grass-court tennis. The Swiss received $128,860 in prize money apart from earning 250 ATP ranking points.
“I really enjoy winning titles,” said Federer. “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.”