Federer Fights Off Karlovic, Faces Seppi In Halle Final; Anderson To Play Murray Or Troicki For Queen’s Title
by Staff | June 20th, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Roger Federer ran the Ivo Karlovic serve gauntlet and escaped with a narrow 7-6(3), 7-6(4) victory over the Croat.

“It comes down to a shot here or there,” said Federer. “We are both mentally prepared. We’ve played so many breakers against one another and I think he was better in the set in the first set, I was better in the breaker. I guess I deserved it because I stayed calm. And in the second set probably I was better throughout the set and he was maybe a bit better in the breaker. Maybe I got a little bit lucky in the breaker.

“So, it was a tough match. I knew that going in. I was struggling to read his serve in the first set, but handled it better in the second set. It was tough. It’s just a bit of a grind and physically it’s like easy, mentally rough.”

Karlovic, who had 45 aces in his quarterfinal, smacked 20 today against the Swiss.

After his 13th win in 14 tries over Karlovic, Federer will take on Andreas Seppi in the Halle final. The 7-time Halle champion lost to Seppi at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Seppi advanced to the final after Kei Nishikori retired down 1-4 in the first set after 14 minutes with a left calf injury. The Italian also received a retirement from in his quarterfinal from Gael Monfils.

“I felt it yesterday during the match and I fought through yesterday,” Nishikori said. “But today was a little pain this morning and I tried in the match, but couldn’t really move. So, I, especially with these guys, with the injury it’s never easy to win. And I don’t want to take a big risk for Wimbledon. So, I just retired from the match today.

“I cannot say much because I have to see how it will be the next couple of days,” he said looking ahead to Wimbledon. “I really will have to see how the pain goes. But I’m sure it’s going to be okay. It’s no big deal.”

Federer seeks his 4th title of the season. 86th overall in this his 130th career ATP final. He is 11-1 against Seppi.

“I played him many times,” Federer said. “For some time, we also practiced quite often. I think he hits the ball very well on both sides, especially cross court and then he can go down the line. I think that’s what makes him a tough player. I think fitness-wise he’s very fit, you know, he won’t go away. He doesn’t have the best second serve but I think he has improved that over time. And because he hits the ball quite flat it actually helps him on the grass.”

In a rainy Queen’s Club, Kevin Anderson took out Gilles Simon in three sets 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 to reach one of his biggest career finals, and just his second at the 500 level.

“I definitely felt I have been serving great this week,” said Anderson. “I am working hard on my serve always. I generally am serving pretty well. I think I have definitely been able to feel like maybe at a higher level this week.

“I think at this point it’s more just about the rhythm and the way it feels. I really feel it’s been clicking the last few matches. You know, it’s not something that a coach or somebody can maybe look at and see any difference from where I was serving two weeks ago. But just the way it feels, even though it feels the same, obviously the rhythm must be quite good right now.”

Anderson’s will have to wait a little longer to find out his opponent Sunday. The semifinal between Andy Murray and Viktor Troicki was halted at 3-3 due to rain. Troicki had just taken a fall injuring his shoulder just before the rain hit. The match resume resume on Sunday.

Murray has won the Queen’s title three times.

In Birmingham, Karolina Pliskova will take on Angelique Kerber in that final. If Pliskova, who beat Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinals, win she will enter the Top 10, joining countrywomen Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova.

“I think my game is good on grass. I don’t know why I didn’t have any good results before this,” Pliskova said. “I’m happy it’s coming now. For me it’s really important to play like this, especially ahead of Wimbledon. Hopefully I can have some good results there as well.”

Kerber advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Sabine Lisicki. She is now 6-0 against her German counterpart.


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107 Comments for Federer Fights Off Karlovic, Faces Seppi In Halle Final; Anderson To Play Murray Or Troicki For Queen’s Title

KatH Says:

I think we should send Andy to drought-ridden parts of Africa where he can become the Rain God.

How many times has he had his matches carried forward? Don’t grudge Troicki chance to recover from shoulder but …..Big Server Anderson waits for survivor….


Gee Says:

Another free cake walk for Fred. Obviously, he believes 2005-2007 were greatest. He never faced a multi slam winning legend except nadal on any surface.


sienna Says:

troicki can do what he knows best to crank up the volume.


Heather-Flower Says:

Having to play two consecutive big pressure matches in the one day is a tall order for Andy Murray to keep mentally and physically sustained…Kevin Anderson will be fresher, relieved and ever so quietly confident…..dangerous!


skeezer Says:

“Another free cake walk for Fred.”
Free? Lol….jealous much?
“He never faced a multi slam winning legend except nadal on any surface.”
Thats because he was winning most all the Slams, lol.


chris ford1 Says:

Skeezer – Then came Nadal, then Djokovic, and the “Federer is God!” talk stopped outside the Fedtards.


Wog Boy Says:

Talking about mud, Halle court is perfect for pigs, they have all they love, bit of grass and and they can roll in the mud, if Halle is how grass should play then I prefer clay and HC.


Angel Says:

Wog Boy and Gee, you both are the pigs. Some respect for the most suscesful player of all times is the less you can do if you follow the game.
Peace.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Angel (pig is very smart animal) but you are the one who is calling the most successful player pig, not me.
BTW, that saying “mud is for the pigs” has been introduced to TX by his biggest fan, though targeting the other great player, but I never heard you complaining then:)


M Says:

Revenge for Roger?

:-)


skeezer Says:

Now wait a sec, the jealous one, well know for being jealous of Fed, now twists Halle, a grass court like Wimby, and says its for pigs? My remark was in fun responce to HR, who started the bad comedy accusation.
Clay, when watered, turns into mud, Grass, when watered, grows. Delusional. Pigs don’t play in grass, mud is what they love. Don’t know what reasonal argument one is trying to make here, but angel “nailed it” in response. Shammmoon!
;-)


Colin Says:

This situation really is unfortunate. I’d give Andy a better chance of winning twice in a day if it was Anderson he played first, as that injury will still be in Troicki’s mind.

I think there is a covered court at Queen’s, but even if the weather forecast is right and it’s a dry Sunday, a rested Anderson could be a challenge too far.

Will the rain affect Wimbledon? Could be…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Angel, it’s a great disrespect to compare a hyena to a pig. The shit posting here is a stinking hyena spitting crap when Roger wins.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic win by Roger. Though he is not as good as he used to be in returning serve, he was able to make the right shots in the tie breaker.


Wog Boy Says:

Very knowledgable poster doesn’t know that clay can’t and won’t turn into mud when get wet, since clay is crushed terra cotta which is baked and doesn’t change form or shape when gets wet, (try to crash one of your flower pots and put it in the water overnight), if it with proper drainage drys in no time, on the other side after few days playing on grass and some rain, worn parts of grass court turns into mud because that is what happens when soil in which grass grows gets wet. Everybody who watched Roger/Ivo match knows what I am talking about, there is mud alongside base line, ball doesn’t even bounce, just flops in the mud.
To knowledgeable one, next time when you use “mud is for the pigs” you should know that you are referring to grass courts and your idol.


skeezer Says:

Whatever. Whats your point? That your jealous of Feds accomplishments or…….Grass has a greater chance of turning to mud than Clay? Fact is, give to much water on Clay, it turns to mud. Sure, there is dirt underneath grass, but its mostly played.,….on grass. Have heard of NO ONE on tour it is mud.
And find too many irroneous reasons to pick on Fed to bolster some other player = pathetic.


Wog Boy Says:

To simplify for the knowledgeable one, CC are made from the baked clay(crushed tiles, bricks) and can’t absorb water therefore can’t turn into mud.


skeezer Says:

Fed is on high ground here, playing @33, ranked #2 in the world, still respected and feared by all the top players, in another ATP final, and so far looking sharp. He continues to set the bar to high for those below.
From here its all gravy baby, let the chasers chase.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed is on high ground here, playing @33, ranked #2 in the world, still respected and feared by all the top players, in another ATP final, and so far looking sharp. He continues to set the bar to high for those below.
From here its all gravy baby, let the chasers chase.

Go feed your cats. They are starving.


skeezer Says:

HR,
Go away you have no cred. Your wishful predictions proven wrong & your comedy gone bad. You can juggle balls with your feet, but too bad for you there is no tournament for that. What to do now?
Buy a Cow. Good for milk. Enjoy.
—–
Too simplfy for the jealous one;

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/archive/index.php/t-409094.html


Tennis lover Says:

If Federer is Pig then Nadal is baboon and Djokovic is maggot


Colin Says:

There are in fact ten indoor tennis courts at Queen’s, but I assume they are for the use of club members in wet weather, and would not have seating for spectators. So it’ll have to be two matches in a day for someone, probably Andy.


sienna Says:

thats the difference between the civil Fedbrigade and the hatefull Nadalfanatici like HR, Giles et
we like it when Nadal is finally capable of winning grasscourt tourney again. hoping that he in fact will last long enough through draw of fast surface slam to play Roger.
of course we hope 33 years he will be fysically ready….

The Nadalfanatici have morphed into aan pitty bunch of haters. attacking the surface! Immature without any historical knowledge and slightly leaning on the slow wit departement.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The rain at Queens’s probably explains why Roger has always stuck with Halle. With roof at center court, Roger could always play a proper schedule.


sienna Says:

the rain? Probably not the most premier reason.
It must have something to do wih Gerry Weber and paycheck delivery.


dari Says:

This may be one of those tennis fables, Nirmal, but the tale is that Roger asked for a wildcard to queens back when he was not ROGER FEDERER, they turned him down. Halle said yes back then so he’s been loyal


sienna Says:

british commentators are using superlatifs with every point Murray makes.


Jeez Says:

Too many errors from Federer so far!!


Jeez Says:

RAIN !!

ROOF CLOSING !!!


Jeez Says:

3-3

DEUCE!!


Jeez Says:

SEPPI

NOT

HAPPY!!! ???

:-(


Jeez Says:

Oooh!!

Volley @ the net!!


Jeez Says:

Down the line

PASS from Seppi La AUS Open!!

4-3


Jeez Says:

BP saved!!

DEAUCE

ACE

ADVANTAGE FED!!


Jeez Says:

4-5

15-40

SET POINTS!!


Jeez Says:

4-5 15-40 SET POINTS!!

For Seppi

ACE +ACE

DEUCE!!


Jeez Says:

Good hold

5-5


Jeez Says:

0-30

Chance for FEDERER??


Jeez Says:

2 GOOD serves

30-30


Jeez Says:

AWESOME VOLLEY @ the net from Seppi!!!

40-30


Jeez Says:

Yet another

TIE BREAK !! ???

:-)


Jeez Says:

Great

DEFENCE from Federer

40-30


Jeez Says:

FOREHAND !!

1-0 Fed


Jeez Says:

VOLLEY !!

2-0 Fed


Jeez Says:

VOLLEY !!

2-0 Fed

+ ACE

3-0 Fed


Jeez Says:

Seppi SLIPPED but still won the point

4-1 Federer!!


Jeez Says:

6-1 Federer


Jeez Says:

DOUBLE FAULT !!![like Karlovic]

Again???

7-6(7-1)


Jeez Says:

2-2

30-40

BP for Seppi after a TREMENDOUS RALLY!!

BP saved


Jeez Says:

3-2 Federer


Jeez Says:

Federer needs to improve his ROS @ Wimbledon if he is win there!!

Still unable to manufacture a BP on Seppi serve!!


Jeez Says:

4-3 Federer

Could he finally BREAK Seppi’s serve to serve for the MATCH??


Flyer Says:

The mystery continues why Fed has such difficulty taking break opportunities – strange strange


Jeez Says:

2nd BREAK POINT

VIRTUAL MATCH POINT!!!


Jeez Says:

SAVED again!!


Jeez Says:

3rd TIME LUCKY ??


Jeez Says:

2nd serve still unable to BREAK ???


Jeez Says:

PHOOOO!!!

4-4


Jeez Says:

LOVE hold

5-4 Federer

Seppi to serve to be in the FINAL !!


KatH Says:

Keep it coming Jeez – can’t even get a decent scoreline on this match — lost patience with ATP’s horrible new site..


KatH Says:

Found a scoreline – the Fed won 6-4 second set.


Jeez Says:

FINALLY!!

On the 5th BREAK POINT!!!

The crowd were like OOOH !! AWE!! 6 shots early!!!
:-)


skeezer Says:

Fed gets another Halle title! Maestro!


Flyer Says:

Finally Fed wins – NICE.

Tough match Seppi played well.


Jeez Says:

German speaking ITALIAN & SWISS!!!


Jeez Says:

What was that SOPRANO rendition about?

FEDERER ??

:-)


Okiegal Says:

Another win for Federer! Congratulations to him and his fans. Another trophy to go into the big trailer for that little jet to pull…….he might should think about getting a bigger one. Lol

All of the posts about pigs, mud etc the most childish, immature crap I’ve ever read. Time to grow up, peeps!!


jatin Says:

Congratulations ROGER and to all his fans here.
Just loved the way he played in clutch moments all tournament especially in the tie breakers.
Victory looks so sweet. He was so happy to win the 4th title of the year ( 8th halle), just love his enthusiasm for the game.
86th title and couting
Next stop
WIMBLEDON
And I think he has a great chance to win it this time. He was so short of winning it last year.
Lets go fed.


Gordon Says:

Gee Says:
Another free cake walk for Fred. Obviously, he believes 2005-2007 were greatest. He never faced a multi slam winning legend except nadal on any surface.

June 20th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Hmmn – not quite sure what your definition of legend is or even what your point is. One plays the game; one doesn’t get to select the pedigree of one’s opponent.

And just because you didn’t watch back in 2005-2007, it doesn’t mean you can make up stats.

In the final of the US Open Federer defeated Andre Agassi, an 8-time slam winner. Though you may not have heard of him he is a legend by any definition.

Other multi slam winners he faced in his career include Kuerten, Hewitt and Safin. As was stated above, if there were no more, it’s because he and Nadal were winning them all.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic tournament for Roger. He just picked up his level in the middle of the 2nd set and played great attacking tennis.

Seppi did play his part in the finals. He was very good on the ground and gave a tough one for Roger. It was not an easy match.


Jurgens_Lotion Says:

Tennis lover Says:
If Federer is Pig then Nadal is baboon and Djokovic is maggot
———————————————————-
Nadal is a capybara.

http://capybarasthatlooklikerafaelnadal.tumblr.com/


Humble Rafa Says:

Dose of Reality for those who need it.

Humble Highness has won nine times at Roland Garros and eight in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona.


Giles Says:

Hey sienna. I see you have been looking in the mirror, finally. I believe that business is booming in that famous coffee shop in Amsterdam, you know the one you frequent, and its not through selling coffee but rather….. Well you know what I mean. You should really kick the habit, maybe your hateful personality will benefit.


Giles Says:

Jorges Lotion. Lol. With your moniker you can babble all you like. It suits you!


Giles Says:

Old fed really has to play in Queens one of these years to prove himself. Halle? Pfffffft


Jeff Says:

Managed to catch the second set Halle, Feds was in scintillating form, really going after his shots. Seppi played well, made it a very entertaining match.


Daniel Says:

Cograts Fed for another Halle title, 8th, nice!!

Didn’t see his match, watching murray now and he is playing great, very aggressive on return. He is going to be very tough to beat this Wimbledon, don’t expect a similar loss to Dimitrov last year at all.

Think only Djoko or Fed, maybe Wawa can have a chance of beating him, big serves don’t bother him on grass that much.

He is serving for a 4title on Queens, tying Roddick, Hewitt. Hope he wins at least 1 more to be leader in Queens titles.


Colin Says:

A pretty straightforward two-set win for Andy, who must have been driving Anderson nuts at times. He kept lobbing him; how do you lob a guy who’s 6 feet 8?


Rishi Says:

Very glad that Fed won in straights today.

Also, hearty congratulations to Andy. Winning 2 back to back matches vs. tough grass court opponents is fantastic. Great return game today, few unforced errors, and nice transition from defense to offense during the match.

More impressive win in my opinion, and great form going into Wimbledon.

Congrats to all his fans….Margot, Kath, Colin, CDP, etc. Sorry if I missed a few more of you there.

Good times.


Margot Says:

Absolutely fabulous from Andy! Look out tennis world. He’s relaxed, happy, moving like a jaguar and playing as well as ever. 4th time champ at queens.
Anderson hit 140 mph serve and, jaw dropping, Andy responded with a winner.
Magic, magic, magic.


Margot Says:

Thank you Rishi. I’m grinning from ear to ear :)


Daniel Says:

With the losses of top players early in Queens this year, the filed was basically the same in later rounds in Queens and Halle.

Murray beating Muller, Trociki and Anderson is no better than Meyer, Karlovic and Seppi. Also, Fed got Kolhsreiber first round which is a tuff grass player anyway you spin it.


RZ Says:

Murray wins Queens, Fed wins Halle. It’s a good tennis weekend for me!


Rishi Says:

Margot….you are welcome. I watched the last 3 games. Very impressed. Troicki just game off a final, and Anderson and Muller had been playing well all week.

Daniel….no doubt happy with Fed’s wins in straights in the last 4 matches. Gives us fans a lot of hope for Wimby.


Gordon Says:

Humble Rafa – we all know your boys accomplishments on countries that are too cheap to mix concrete or grow grass.


Rishi Says:

meant to type “came”.


KatH Says:

Thank you Rishi – my grin equals Margot’s….

Andy was sensational, totally uninhibited and played with total conviction….in both matches he had to play today — he deserves special praise for handling two different players so successfully…at least I think so.


Rishi Says:

Boy, can’t wait for the Draw for Wimbledon. Fed and Andy in good form, Novak defending his title, Rafa getting a title last week and hoping to get his touch in.

Looks like we will see the Big 4 in the quarters this time at Wimby.


Margot Says:

KatH
I agree, sighing with delight here! And loving this new Tigger Andy and equally Tigger Jonas.
Gr8 to see positive emotion on display.
Playing better than 2012, you reckon?


Rishi Says:

Since marriage, Andy has been playing very well. I guess he did that mental boost to complement his physical game.

IMO, he is one of the top 2 favorites for Wimbledon. It’s hard not to pick Novak to make the final 4, and depending on the draw, the rest of the results can be predicted.

Fed has done well, but I hope to see him practice harder. His return game has to work better against Andy and Novak, else he’ll have a difficult time. That being said, I’m very confident that he’ll make the semis.


Giles Says:

How many times are you fedfanatics going to post that article, eh?? Enough already!


Daniel Says:

Don’t even know who was the mast player not named Djokovic to beat Murray?!

He is in excellent for now, very curious to see who side of the draw will he land, in Djoko’s or Fed. Who ever gets Murray gets in semis will get a tough draw.

Also if Nadal will be face to play one of them in R16 or Quarters, or if he’ll avoid the three in land in Wawa’s quarter.


KatH Says:

Margot – I’ve a strong sense that there is something new in Andy’s game – transcends 2012 – could be the osmosis result of Amelie + Jonas. Did you notice that one shot from Kevin that dropped so low that Andy missed it? He muttered something about “use the big muscles” – evidently this is something Jonas suggested….
other small things too….He also now has improved self-belief, etc.


Margot Says:

@KatH
And WTH has happened to his first serve? In a good way! Lol, love servebot Andy….;)


jane Says:

congrats to fed, andy and fans!


Hippy Chick Says:

Didnt see any tennis this week,except for Andy in the final of Queens today where he played superb,and i hope he takes it to SW19,time to get back in the GS winners circle Andy?delighted for him and fans Margot,KatH,CDP,Colin etc….

Also congrats to Fed and fans Skeezer,Madmax etc too many to name lol….

About Rafas loss well he won Stuttgart so a step in the right direction well IMO anyway,although the naysayers believe otherwise,i hope he keeps going after that serve,and also shortening points,not necassarily to win a GS but to prolong his career,if he goes deep into the second week where the grass gets worn down,well you never know what could happen?no expectations anyway,it looks like hes happy and ready to accept whatever happens either way….


jalep Says:

Very impressive win from Andy Murray! both Troiki and Anderson in one day…just wow. Have not watched the coverage from Queens yet but read about it. He’s the hot pick I think for the next little tournament at Wimbles. Congrats Tennis-x Andy Fans!

Federer has been great though too. Watching the Halle final now. I know it’s Seppi he beat but Seppi and the first set was tight but still… Federer really is looking great, playing relaxed and aggressive. Great enough to win an 18th GS? Not sure I’d go that far.

Kerber v Pliskova was great tennis. 23 yr old Czech player Pliskova is beautiful to watch on grass. She has a mighty serve at 6’1″ tall and hits the skin off the ball. But Kerber fought hard and was able use her ROS and defensive skills just enough to win. If Pliskova had won she would have taken the #10 ranking spot from Kerber.

Congrats Kerber, Andy and Federer!

Can’t wait for the Wimbledon draws!


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi@11.17am i like your summary,nice to see someone who believes that Rafa still has a slight chance,as the rest here dont think he has a hope in hell lol….


Rishi Says:

@Hippy Chick….Nice that you are back today. I haven’t seen you for a while.

Yes, positive news as far as Rafa is concerned. I am sure he is using these 2 weeks well to prepare an aggressive game plan.

I believe he will be back in the Top 5 by September. Hope that he plays closer to the baseline and goes for his shots. I liked that about him at Stuttgart.

Can’t wait for Friday when the draw unfolds and the drama begins!!

Cheers to you. Keep posting.


KatH Says:

Hippy Chick
I think Rafa will go deep at Wimb. but doubt this is his year to win – but no reason why he can’t challenge well for US & Aus.


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH we will see,put it this way i have no expectations,and niether does anyone else here,there seems to be only yourself and Rishi thats said anything positive about Rafa,the rest seem to believe hes wasting his time playing tennis anymore….


Giles Says:

HC. Lol. Stirring it up again? Who believes “he’s wasting his time playing tennis anymore”?


Giles Says:

Rafa will play Boodles this week.


elina Says:

I guess 2008 grass wasn’t fast enough slam surface for sienna.

USO is pretty fast but it was Federer that couldn’t “last long enough through draw of fast surface slam”.

Revisionism is a wonderful thing.

(Wog Boy, great insights on mud BTW, seriously had me laughing. Well done indeed.)


Wog Boy Says:

@elina,

Thanks, sense of relief, you made my day, I thought I stuffed it up;)

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