The Halle tournament has an undisputed owner, the Swiss Roger Federer, who this Sunday won the eighth title in this previous Wimbledon by beating the Italian Andreas Seppi in the final, 7-6 (1) and 6-4, in one hour and 48 minutes.
The final, between two players who have exceeded thirty (Federer, 33 and Seppi, 31), third this year among tennis players who exceed three decades, only had the color that Federer allowed. And the first duel on grass between the two was resolved with the clarity that the Swiss is accustomed to when he is in a good vein and playing with ease on his favorite surface.
The game was level until the rain made its appearance with 3-3 and even at 22 minutes, and the retractable roof of the Gerry Weber Stadium was closed. After almost 13 minutes, the Italian kept his serve and had two golden chances to take the lead with 5-4 and 15-40 and close the set. But Federer resolved with two aces (14 in total) those two set points that could have given the transalpine a moral advantage.
In the second, Federer kept on the prowl, saving the only break point of this set (3 in the first) and reached the tenth game untouchable. There two parallel reverses of the Swiss made the difference, and a final shot gave him the victory.
In his 10th consecutive final in Halle, where he has lost two, Federer won his 86th career title, and was the furthest leader in the number of grass-court titles (15) in the Open Era, with his seven Wimbledons and eight from Halle.
This is Federer’s fourth title of the year after Brisbane, Dubai and Istanbul. Halle is also the third tournament Federer has won at least seven times, along with Dubai and Wimbledon. EFE.