Federer closes on first title of season

With Wimbledon just around the corner, Federer will hope he can take an opening title win into favourite tournament.

    Federer closes on first title of season
    Reigning Wimbledon champion Federer is gearing up for UK grand slam at the Halle Open [AP]

    World number three Roger Federer edged closer to his first title of the season when he beat defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6 6-3 6-4 at the Halle Open on Saturday to book a spot in Sunday's final.

    The 31-year-old Swiss looked sharp on the grass court after an erratic start in what was a rematch of last year's final as he prepares for his title defence at Wimbledon this month.

    Federer, five-times champion at Halle, will play Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who outclassed former Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-2.

    Federer's unusually erratic forehand earned 35-year-old Haas his first break points at 3-2 and another long crosscourt forehand by the Swiss gave the world number 11 a two-game cushion.

    Haas, whose 2012 final win over Federer was his first in 10 years against him, saved two break points at 5-2 to serve out the set when Federer pushed another forehand long.

    The tables were turned in the second set with Federer racing to a 3-0 lead after breaking Haas with a much more aggressive game.

    After drawing level, Federer kept up the pressure to earn yet another break when Haas double-faulted twice in a row to go 3-1 up and he clinch victory on his second match point.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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