Roger Federer is one match away from retaining his only title from the 2013 season at the Gerry Weber Open. Standing in his way is Alejandro Falla, who defeated Kohlschreiber to reach the final. The head-to-head series stands at 6-0 for Federer, who has beaten the Colombian in four previous grass court encounters.
Unlike their match at the Sony Open earlier this year, Roger Federer was in full control against Kei Nishikori in his semis match. The world No. 5 dominated the opening set to snatch it 6-3 from Nishikori. The second set was a tighter affair, where the two competitors would remain on serve until 6-6.
The tiebreaker started in Federer’s favour, as he jumped to a 2-0 lead in the breaker, before allowing Nishikori back into the points. A few points later and the two were locked in at 4-4 on serve before Federer snatched another minibreak, and then the set.
“I’m extremely happy with the way I played today. I think I played really aggressive, I served well when I had to and I was able to keep the pressure on Kei and at the end I think I deserved to win. I played a good tie-break as well to get back into it and now I’m in another final here at the Gerry Weber Open. I love this tournament. I’ve won it six times before. So I’m hoping to make it seven.”
Federer is also through to the doubles final with partner Marco Chiudinelli, and if he wins that match as well, he will become the first player on the ATP World Tour to win two titles at the same tournament.
Alejandro Falla made history in Halle as the first South American player to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open. Fall defeated local favourite Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 to set up his final clash with Roger Federer. It was an extraordinary performance from Falla, who needed to rally from a set down to deny the former champion a third appearance in the final.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Falla. “I’m very happy for my second final. It’s a goal that I had. It’s been a great week for me. I fought in every match, I was down many times…The only thing I could do was fight because I wasn’t playing that great today in the first set. I think he was playing a little better but I was fighting and then I found my way out.”
This marks the seventh time thee two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and the fifth time on grass. Federer has won all of their previous match-ups on the tour, but did go five sets with Falla at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. He also took Federer to three sets in their most recent match-up on the tour. While Falla has performed spectacularly over the week, the odds still favor the defending champion to retain his title.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets