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showed he is ready for Wim-
bledon by defeating Italy s
Andreas Seppi 7-6 (1), 6-4
yesterday to claim his record
eighth Gerry Weber Open
Despite not replicating the
free-flowing tennis of previous
rounds, Federer dug deep to
win big points. He broke the
45th-ranked Seppi for the first
time at the fifth attempt in
the decisive moment of his
10th Halle final.
"Of course it s a special
moment for me, to win here
for the eighth time before
Wimbledon. It doesn t happen
without making an impres-
sion," Federer said.
The 17-time Grand Slam
winner sealed his 15th title
from 20 finals on grass and
his 86th career title from 130
finals overall. Lleyton Hewitt
is next on grass with eight
Straight after extending his
record haul of titles at Halle---
Russia s Yevgeny Kafelnikov is
next with three---Federer said
he was happy with his play.
"This week has been great
when I look at the whole thing.
I don t think I was broken in
the last four matches I played,"
the Swiss said. "It gives me
confidence in the crucial
moments to know my game
was right there."
Seppi was in the final after
Kei Nishikori withdrew from
their semifinal with a calf
injury---and Gael Monfils
pulled out of the quarterfinal
with a knee problem---but the
Italian showed no apparent
lack of match fitness.
Seppi missed three break
points in the first set, including
two set points that Federer
defended with successive aces.
Federer took the first of his
five set points in the tiebreaker
and Seppi missed another
break point opportunity early
in the second when he hit a
return into the net.
Federer s first break chances
came at 4-3 in the second set
but Seppi won all three to level.
It seemed only a matter of
time, however, before Federer
made the only break, which
was enough for the title.
"He played better at the
decisive moments and
deserved to win in the end,"
said Seppi, the first Italian to
play the final at Halle since
the tournament began in 1993.
"I ll take some good memories
It s Federer s fourth title of
the season after wins at Bris-
bane, Dubai and Istanbul, and
a timely boost for Wimbledon
eight days before the tourna-
"I think one big secret on
grass is when to hit which shot
and playing the score the right
way," Federer said. "You might
be playing perfect but then
you take a wrong decision and
grass makes you pay for it all."
Federer s only losses in the
final at Halle came against
Lleyton Hewitt in 2010 and
Tommy Haas in 2012.
The 33-year-old is the third
player in the Open era to win
at least eight titles at a single
tournament. Rafael Nadal has
nine Roland Garros titles and
eight from Monte Carlo and
Barcelona, while Guillermo
Vilas has eight from Buenos
LONDON---Andy Murray claimed his
34th career title yesterday with a 6-
3, 6-4 victory over unseeded South
African Kevin Anderson in the final
of the grass-court Queen s Club tour-
Top-seeded Murray, who was con-
testing his 50th career final, also won
the event in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He
joins John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy
Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as a four-
time winner of the event.
It was Murray s third title of the year,
following victories in Munich and
Earlier yesterday, the third-ranked
Murray completed a 6-3, 7-6 (4) semi-
final win over Serbia s Viktor Troicki
after rain stopped play Saturday.
Anderson was playing his 10th career
final and his first on grass. A win would
have given him his 200th career vic-
Murray did not face a break point
throughout the match but Anderson,
who had dropped serve just once during
the week, was broken once in each set.
The first break came when Murray led
2-1, with Anderson netting a smash,
and Murray moved ahead 3-2 in the
second set with a drop shot.
Although Anderson had struck 96
aces during the week, he failed to pro-
duce the same firepower in the final,
and his game lacked any other weapons
to trouble Murray.
"I served extremely well and then,
thankfully, when the chances came I
managed to come up with some kind
of instinctive shots," Murray said.
"I felt like once I got into the rallies
I was doing really well."
BIRMINGHAM---Angelique Kerber beat
sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-7 (5),
6-3, 7-6 (4) yesterday in the final of
the Aegon Classic to clinch her first
The big-serving Pliskova had 11 aces
but Kerber s ability to contain this threat,
along with greater flexibility in longer
rallies, eventually turned the match the
German s way.
"It was an amazing match, and per-
fect for a final," the fourth-seeded Ker-
ber said. "It will have given great con-
fidence in my preparation (for
Although Kerber made the first break
of serve immediately, she was later
unable to convert the four set points it
had made possible. After Pliskova broke
back, narrowly sneaked the first set,
and broke again early in the second set,
Kerber seemed out of the match against
the dominating Czech.
But Kerber dominated for the next
hour, patiently constructing winning
rallies and creating two breaks in the
second set with another in the third.
Pliskova showed her fighting qualities
too, hanging on by narrow margins and
saving break points in three different
service games. She infuriated Kerber
by breaking back with the help of a
wildly mis-hit shot which sailed for an
unintended lobbed winner.
Kerber held serve to recover from 5-
6 down in the decider, and in the
tiebreaker took her chance of a mini-
break on the ninth point. From 5-4 she
served out the next two points without
"I was happy with the way I played
because I did everything I could," Plisko-
va said. "It felt as though Angelique
was everywhere, and she moves so well."
Pliskova had more than 50 winners,
along with 42 unforced errors. Kerber
had 34 winners and only 14 unforced
Kerber rallies ahead of Pliskova
Murray cruises past Anderson
for Queen's Club crown
Federer makes it eighth
title at Halle
Roger Federer of
the ball to Andreas
Seppi of Italy during
their final match at
the Gerry Weber
Open ATP tennis
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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