Federer Makes it 8 Career Titles at Halle
World No. 2 Roger Federer topped Andreas Seppi 7-6(1), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the Gerry Webber Open, gaining some Wimbledon momentum with an 8th career grass court title in Halle, Germany.
“I think that I did very well here in the tiebreaks,” said Federer, who improved to 12-1 career against Seppi. “I served well which you have to on the grass…I think one big secret on grass is when to hit which shot and playing the score the right way. You might be playing perfect but then in one moment you take a bad decision and grass makes you pay for it all. I won all the tiebreaks this week, which gives obviously big confidence knowing that in the crucial moments my game was right there.”
Federer is the third player in the Open Era to claim at least eight titles in a single tournament, joining Rafael Nadal (nine at Roland Garros, eight at Monte-Carlo and Barcelona) and Guillermo Vilas (eight at Buenos Aires). The Swiss improved to 86-44 in career finals, while Seppi fell to 3-5 in finals, 0-2 in 2015.
Murray Wins 2 on Sunday to Join 4-timer Club at Queens
Andy Murray won a rain-delayed semifinal over Viktor Troicki, and a 6-3, 6-4 championship win over Kevin Anderson to claim the Aegon Championships title on Sunday, his fourth career at the Queen’s Club.
He joined John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as players to win four titles at the Queen’s Club.
“I served extremely well,” said Murray who improved to 34-16 in tour finals. “I felt like once I got into the rallies I was doing really well, but it was obviously tough to do that some of the times. He served an extremely high percentage of first serves and was serving big.” Anderson fell to 2-8 in career finals.
Kerber Withstands Pliskova Barrage for Birmingham Crown
Karolina Pliskova hit 52 winners, but it was German Angelique Kerber raising the trophy after a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) battle on Sunday in the final of the Aegon Classic Birmingham in England.
“She served unbelievably well in the important moments,” said Kerber who had 34 winners to only 14 unforced errors. “She was hitting the balls so close to the lines. I had no chance in the big moments in the first set. But I just kept fighting point by point, and it’s just an unbelievable feeling to win today.”
Pliskova, who fell to 4-6 in tour finals, would have bumped Kerber out of the Top 10 and made her own Top 10 debut with the win. Kerber improved to 6-9 in career finals, winning her last three and improving to 3-0 in 2015.
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