Federer going for seventh Halle title

Roger Federer plays Columbia's Alejandro Falla in the final of the German tournament after routing Kei Neishikori.

    Switzerland's Federer improved his tournament record to 45-5 [AFP]
    Switzerland's Federer improved his tournament record to 45-5 [AFP]

    Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after they won their semi-finals.

    Federer fired 10 aces and defeated the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) as he improved his tournament record to 45-5.

    Nishikori rallied to force the second set to the tiebreak, where he made a mini-break at 4-2, only to let Federer off the hook with two consecutive forehand errors.

    After a first-round bye, Federer began his Wimbledon preparations by defeating Portugal's Joao Sousa then had a walkover in the quarter-finals.

    Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to become the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass-court tournament.

    "It's an amazing feeling," Falla said. "I knew I had good chances here. I already played great matches on grass courts. It's my favorite surface."

    The final against seven-time Wimbledon winner Federer will be Falla's second on tour after he finished runner-up to Ivo Karlovic at Bogota in 2013.

    Dimitrov upsets Wawrinka

    Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final at Queen's Club in England.

    He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in the final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4.

    It was the first victory in their three meetings for Dimitrov, who at 23 is the youngest player ranked in the world's top 20.

    The Bulgarian took a 3-2 lead on his fourth break point when Wawrinka double-faulted, then broke again for 5-2.

    "It was not my best match," Wawrinka said. "Didn't serve the way I wanted, and didn't move well. But Grigor was playing well, being really aggressive, serving big and mixing a lot."

    Despite his defeat, Wawrinka was happy with his preparation for Wimbledon, which begins in nine days.

    SOURCE: AP


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