Federer Wins 7th Halle Grasscourt Title
Roger Federer edged Alejandro Falla 7-6(2), 7-6(3) for his seventh Gerry Weber Open grasscourt title on Sunday.
“I really enjoy winning titles,” said Federer in stunning news to everyone in attendance. “It is what I play for, to play and receive a standing ovation at the end. I am very pleased with my performance…I think I deserved the title this week.”
The 32-year-old won his 79th career title, and has now won seven titles at both Halle and Wimbledon. Falla fell to 0-2 in career finals and 0-7 vs. Federer.
Dimitrov Collects 1st Grasscourt Title in London
Grigor Dimitrov saved a match point in defeating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6) for his career first grasscourt title at the Aegon Championships in London.
“He is one of those competitors that when it comes to fast surfaces, he’s always very tricky to play,” Dimitrov said of Lopez. “I just fought hard and left everything out on the court — that was my main goal. I achieved what I was looking for.”
Lopez dropped to 3-7 in tour finals.
Ivanovic Wins 1st Career Grasscourt Title
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic won her first grass court title Sunday, defeating unseeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
“It definitely feels very special,” Ivanovic said. “I really had a good time on grass.”
Ivanovic did not drop a set during the tournament, collecting her 14th career title. She will rise from 13 to No. 11 on the WTA Rankings.
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