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Federer lands fifth Halle title

Roger Federer
Federer will now go to Wimbledon in winning form

Top seed Roger Federer won a fifth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 in Sunday's final.

In winning, the Swiss extended his winning streak on grass to 59 matches.

Kohlschreiber, 24, had shocked second seed James Blake in the semi-final, but found Federer in powerful form.

Federer will now prepare for Wimbledon where he will be going for a sixth consecutive title, an unprecedented feat in the open era.

In winning in Halle, Federer restored some confidence after one of his worst defeats - a rout in last Sunday's French Open final at the hands of arch rival Rafael Nadal.

It would have been really tough for me losing on grass having just lost the final in Paris

Roger Federer
And the 26-year-old was clearly pleased with his form after wrapping up the the 55th title of his career.

"I guess once you take the decision to commit and come somewhere, you hope for a good week. But there is never a guarantee," he said.

"I was just hoping not to have a bad tournament in the first couple of rounds.

"It would have been really tough for me losing on grass again for the first time and having just lost the final in Paris.

"For this reason, I am really excited with the way I played, especially at not dropping a service game throughout the week.

"It's been a great week for me - I never lost my serve in this tournament, and that had never happened to me."

Federer could face Nadal again in London and he was intrigued to see the world number two compliment his win in Paris with victory at Queen's on Sunday.

"To see him doing that is great," he admitted.

"I think it's exciting for tennis that we have two, three players at the moment, who are regularly in the finals and fans can relate to."

Federer won the Gerry Weber Open for the first time in 2003, before going on to win his first Wimbledon title shortly afterwards.

Meanwhile, Nikolay Davydenko captured his third ATP Tour title of the year with a 6-3 6-3 win against second-seeded Tommy Robredo in the final of the Warsaw Open.

Davydenko, who also won the clay-court tournament in 2006, broke the defending champion three times in the first set, while giving up his serve once.

The Russian needed just one break in the second, saving five break points en route to clinching the victory.


see also
Federer's tactics
09 Jun 08 |  Skills

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