Federer, Murray, Kerber Claim ATP/WTA Titles on Grass
by Staff | June 21st, 2015, 2:48 pm

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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26 Comments for Federer, Murray, Kerber Claim ATP/WTA Titles on Grass

Toilet Break Says:

Congrats Champ Roger Federer. Looks like the Nadal fans will have to be content with H2H n dirt slam count.

No.1 weeks
Year End
World Tour Finals
USO Count
Wimby Count
Aus Open count
#2 at 33.

are distant dream for the clay courter.

jalep Says:

Just posted about Kerber v Pliskove match on another thread. That was fantastic from both Pliskova and Kerber. Entertaining match with two contrasting styles colliding. Kerber might have the strongest legs in the WTA, I’m guessing, by the way she was able to return and get back so many potential winners from a deep knee bend position. Really thought Pliskova was the better player in general, but Kerber’s determination and defensive game won, just barely. Congrats to her on her 1st grass title.

Karolina Pliskova is one to watch at Wimbledon, indeed.

Alontennis Says:

On my way home after seeing the FedSep match in Halle. Apart Form his technique, what makes the strongest impression is how cool and composed he is During the entire match. I got to See both the semis and the final and although both matches were close, you never got the feeling that Federer’s apponents had any chance at all to win the match. Its as if he doesn’t mind losing any point except the big ones.

Humble Rafa Says:

I like the BIG trophy that Mr. Lady Forehand was given at Queens. I understand that there are no size restrictions when it comes to trophies, but it doesn’t have to match the size of your ego. Just saying.

jalep Says:

Thanks for the report, Alontennis.

sienna Says:

wow Alan.
what a great stadium Halle has. Super atmosphere. They are on their way to become master material.

And the roof closes in like minutes.

How about them apples Wimbly!

jalep Says:

For anyone interested, The Boodles Challenge starts Tues. 23rd. Nole has confirmed to play.

Hippy Chick Says:

Interesting that Roger,Rafa and Andy all winning titles in the grass court warm ups ahead of W,although Roger and Andy have games better suited to grass than Rafa,i would think its Roger and Andys best chance at another GS,Rafa well it wouldnt surprise me if he found a way to navigate his way to another W title either,although i think ironically the best chance of another GS away from the FO would be the AO,or most likely another USO,my two cents….

Colin Says:

It seems to me the player whose confidence must have received the biggest jolt in the run-up to Wimbledon, is Stan Wawrinka. His most recent triumph was not just any event, it was a major, and suddenly he has been outsmarted by someone he probably hoped to blast off the court. He must wince every time he hears the word “grass”.

jalep Says:

You could very well be right about Rafa, @Hippy Chick. Also about if Rafa can make it to the 2nd week. I’d not count him out at any major – GS or Masters 1000, no matter what surface…maybe not as likely an indoor hard surface like Paris or London WTF.

Ruby Says:

@Colin, Stan may have **HOPED** to blast Kevin Anderson off the court, but he certainly had little reason to believe that would be easy, given that Anderson has beaten him now 4 times in a row. The other 3 were all on hard, so it’s not surface-specific. He seems to have some kind of a match-up problem with Anderson.

Okiegal Says:

Congratulations to all Andy fans. So wanted to watch his matches at Queens but too much going on. He apparently played some great tennis this week.

@Margot….especially happy for you…..and also Chick!! Trudging on to Wimby!!

Okiegal Says:


You are right, sometimes certain match ups just don’t match up! Tennis is a mystery……

Hippy Chick Says:

I wonder if Kimberly will do a bracket challenge for Wimbledon,as she hasnt posted for such a long time,she didnt actually do one for the FO, just wondering if shes had enough of this forum?….

Hippy Chick Says:

Thanks Okie glad your here ;))….

jalep Says:

@Hippy Chick. I still do my own bracket games for ATP and WTA on Global Tennis Network and Tennis Channel bracket challenge. Games addict here and just adds more interest to the tournaments, especially early round matches – was pretty rusty on the FO ATP draw.

Kimberly is missed. She was the one who set those brackets up for tennis-xers.

Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep yes she is missed,she did one for the AO at the begining of the year,i spoke to her then,but i rather got the impression she was a bit sick of this forum to be honest….

jalep Says:

I’ve been sick of this forum plenty of times, Hippy Chick. And I’m not trying to hide behind my present moniker. It just that I lost access to the email account I had for so long and my imac laptop broke down. So I got a new laptop, android phone, and a new email account…finally had the time for tennis again this spring and heart to post on tennis-x. Sometimes I truly have no time to post for long stretches too. I work a lot still. Needed a new moniker to go with new email and more than ever into WTA – hence, Simona Halep and many fun to watch female up and comers.

Can’t blame Kimberly for losing interest, but do miss her posts and games organizing.

M Says:

Before I get all overexcited about Roger’s 8th Halle title – is there anybody else having trouble scrolling down if they just start from the mainpage and don’t click on an article …?

Daniel Says:

Wimbledon seeds come out on Wednesday. The top 4 will be unchanged (Nihiskori had a chance to overcome Wawa but he needed to reach Halle final).

The formula is: current rankings + 100% of total of grass points from last season (2014) + 75% of points from best tourney in previous season (2013).

Remaining of top 8 will be unchanged as well, max Raonic can move is up to 7, but 7 from 8 doesn’t make any difference. Cilic will remain 9 and Nadal 10.

Janowicz will move a few position thanks to his 2013 Wimbledon semis which will count 540 puts so he can get a top 16 seed again.

Daniel Says:

If Murray wins Wimbledon and Fed loses before semis, Murray will overtake Fed as #2 seed.

Also, in race points although Djoko has a massive lead right now, a win in Wimbledon by Murray and depending on how Dhjoko perform will officially start a 2 men battle for Year End #1.

Djoko stand at 7585 pts and Murray in 4980. A Wimbledon title for Murray will have him in 6980. if Djoko loses in Quarters let’s say he will have 7955 puts, 1000 difference. This tourney can change the course of the season, as either Djoko wining and he will reassume total control the year, a win by Murray will make t a 2 men race, a win by Fed a possible 3 men race but still with Djoko far ahead not him and Murray.

Major importance for this 3 players this Wimbledon is as both Fed and Murray last big win come in this venue in 2012 and 2013 and both coming of tiles this week. If there is a lace they both have a shot at dethroning Djoko is on grass.

RZ Says:

Daniel, thanks for the rankings info.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Not sure if this has been posted here. But a very good one for Roger’s fans.


KatH Says:

@ M
No trouble on this site but Tennis.com I struggle to read any comments – not that I comment on it but sometimes try to read comments….

Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep,Hippy Chick fits what i am about in the real world,im also quite the Rock Chick and the Gypsy Gal too,all fit my persona,anyway when the personal insults get too much i might take a break like a couple of months back,and like yourself im also busy with work at times….

wilfried Says:

@ Daniel June 21st, 2015 at 11:06 pm
Jerzy Janowicz will indeed be seeded in the Wimbledon draw, but not as one of the top 16 seeds like he was in the previous season.
His current points (975 p.) plus total grass points in 2014 (90 p.) plus Wimbledon SF in 2013 (720 p.)leave him at a total of 1,785 ranking points.
Gael Monfils, currently ranked 18th in the ATP rankings with 1,885 points , J. Isner currently ranked 17th with 1,890 points and F. Lopez currently ranked 16th with 1,935 points, all have more ranking points for 2015 only, than Jerzy does have with using the formula for the 3 years together.

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