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Federer on course for Halle title

Roger Federer
Wimbledon champion Federer is chasing his fifth Halle crown

Roger Federer reached the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Sunday with a 6-1 6-4 win over Nicolas Kiefer.

The unseeded Kiefer was the last man to beat Federer at the event in the 2002 semis, but he was swept aside by the Swiss world number one.

Top seed Federer has now served 39 times without being broken at this year's tournament, and has extended his winning streak on grass to 58 matches.

Federer will face Philipp Kohlschreiber who beat James Blake 6-3 7-5.

And the top ranked Swiss insists that he is approaching Wimbledon in confident mood.

"The rhythm is coming along nicely for me, I'm moving well," said Federer.

"All in all, I played a great match today, especially the first set.

"Nobody has won the grand slam from the Gerry Weber Open before me.

The Singing Rugg
"I hope I can do it again. The win streak is incredible."

Federer is already looking forward to Wimbledon and a possible meeting with Rafael Nadal who beat him comfortably at the recent French Open final in Paris.

"I already know he can play on grass," Federer said of his rival.

"Queen's is not Wimbledon, Halle is not Wimbledon."

Kohlschreiber upset the odds to defeat second seed Blake.

The 24-year-old, who is aiming to regain his German number one status, is currently number 24 in the world rankings.

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