For the eighth time in his professional career, Roger Federer is a champion at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
The 17-time grand slam champion lifted his latest title on the grass courts in Halle following a straight sets win against Andreas Seppi. He beat the Italian 7-6,6-4 in an encounter that lasted an hour and 48 minutes.
“I think that I did very well here in the tie-breaks,” said Federer. “I served well which you have to on the grass. I was able to mix it up, so I created a good pattern going into the tie-break. My opponent wouldn’t quite know where it’s going to go and if he knew where it was going to go it was going to be tough for him to defend. I think I did a really nice job this week on these situations.
“I think one big secret on grass is when to hit which shot and playing the score the right way. You might be playing perfect but then in one moment you take a bad decision and grass makes you pay for it all. So, this week has been great if I look at the whole thing. I don’t think I got broken anymore the last four matches I played. The first match was extremely close but I won all the tie-breaks this week, which gives obviously big confidence knowing that in the crucial moments my game was right there.”
It is an important win for Federer, who’s 51st win in Halle made him the the third player in the Open Era to claim at least eight titles in a single tournament, alongside Rafael Nadal and Guillermo Vilas. Nadal holds nine titles at Roland Garros.
Federer, who has now won 86 titles on the tour, pocketed €381,760 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points.