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Roger Federer will play Alejandro
Falla in the final of the Gerry
Weber Open after they won their
Federer fired ten aces and
defeated the fourth-seeded Kei
Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) as he
improved his record here to 45-5.
"It was played on a very fast
court and a few shots were going
to decide it. They went my way,"
Nishikori rallied to force the sec-
ond set to the tiebreak, where he
made a mini-break at 4-2, only to
let Federer off the hook with two
consecutive forehand errors.
Federer miscalculated the score
and hadn t realised he won.
"The crowd s applause was dif-
ferent, I looked at the referee and
he was smiling, then I noticed
Nishikori was at the net. I had to
check the score. Of course, I was
happy to accept the win," said the
Swiss, who thought it happened
for "probably the first time."
After a first-round bye, Federer
began his Wimbledon preparations
by defeating Portugal s Joao Sousa
on Thursday then had a walkover
in the quarterfinals.
Falla rallied to beat 2011 cham-
pion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-
6 (5), 6-4 to become the first
Colombian to reach the final of a
"It s an amazing feeling," Falla
said. "I knew I had good chances
here. I already played great matches
on grass courts. It s my favourite
The 69th-ranked Falla saved six
of the nine break points he faced
before defeating Kohlschreiber in
two hours, 21 minutes.
"He took the big points and that
makes the difference,"
Today s final against seven-time
Wimbledon winner Federer will
be Falla s second on tour after he
finished runner-up to Ivo Karlovic
at Bogota in 2013.
"It would be nice to play Roger,
maybe to get revenge for the last
couple of matches on grass at the
Olympics and at Wimbledon," Falla
said, referring to their previous
meetings in 2012 and 2010.
Federer has a 100 per cent record
from six meetings with Falla.
Federer, who made his debut at
the tournament 14 years ago, will
be playing for his 79th title and
his seventh from 12 appearances
With Switzerland playing
Ecuador in the World Cup at 6
pm German time and the final get-
ting underway at 3 pm, Federer
said he d have to play quickly -
he s also playing in the doubles
final---so he can watch the foot-
"Whoever wins the first set is
the winner," he joked. (AP)
Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stan
Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final
at Queen s Club yesterday.
He will play tenth-seeded Feliciano
Lopez in today s final, after the Spanish
left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of
the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4.
"It s a good feeling," Dimitrov said.
"I always wanted to be in a final out
here; stepping on that (court) on Sunday
(today) means a lot to me. It has always
been like one of the biggest events for
me, for some reason"
It was the first victory in their three
meetings for Dimitrov, who at 23 is the
youngest player ranked in the world s
top 20. The Bulgarian took a 3-2 lead
on his fourth break point when Wawrin-
ka double-faulted, then broke again.
Wawrinka held two break points in
the next game but was unable to prevent
Dimitrov serving out the set, and the
Swiss also failed to convert two break
points for a 3-1 lead in the second set.
Dimitrov broke to lead 4-3 and held
on to secure a place in his third final of
the year, following tournament victories
in Acapulco and Bucharest.
"It was not my best match," Wawrinka
said. "Didn t serve the way I wanted,
and didn t move well. But Grigor was
playing well, being really aggressive,
serving big and mixing a lot."
Despite his defeat, Wawrinka was
happy with his preparation for Wim-
bledon, which begins in nine days.
"So far it s been a positive week except
today," he said. "I was playing well. I m
really happy with the practice session
that I did every day. I had a lot of time
on the grass, so it s been really good for
the preparation for Wimbledon."
Lopez fired a backhand winner down
the line to save a break point to lead 2-
1, but failed to convert any of five break
points of his own when leading 3-2.
The Spaniard struggled after leading
the tiebreaker 6-3, finally closing out
the set on his fifth set point.
A break to lead 4-3 in the second set
then earned Lopez a place in his first
final since he won on grass at Eastbourne
a year ago. (AP)
BIRMINGHAM---Ana Ivanovic, the
unpredictable former world number
one, has reached her first ever final
on grass at the Aegon Classic, a Wim-
bledon warm-up tournament.
After beating the ninth-seeded Zhang
Shuai of China 6-2, 6-2 yesterday,
Ivanovic described the prospect of win-
ning as a "dream."
"Ten years on tour and I never have
a title on grass," the 26-year-old Serb
said. "That would be definitely some-
Ivanovic had an indifferent start and
went 0-2 down as she struggled to land
a first serve. However, she soon became
too powerful for the 25-year-old Zhang,
who was taking part in only the second
grass court tournament of her career.
Ivanovic became more dangerous as
she grew in confidence, and her timing
on the slick surface belied her years of
uncertainty on grass. In today s final,
Ivanovic faces Barbora Zahlavova
Strycova, who is also playing in the
first grass court final of her career. (AP)
Federer going for 7th Halle title
Switzerland's Roger Federer
serves against Japan's Kei
Nishikori during their semifinal
match of the the Gerry Weber
Open tennis tournament in
Halle, Germany, yesterday.
Federer won 6-3, 7-6. AP PHOTO
Ivanovic one game away
from conquering grass
Dimitrov upsets No 1
Wawrinka at Queen's
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