At the Gerry Weber Open, Roger Federer accomplished something no one had ever achieved before him: winning the title seven times on the grass of Halle.
In the final, his ninth at that tournament, Federer had the better of Alejandro Falla 7-6(2), 7-6(3), in a tight match in which the Swiss had a break advantage in both sets, but was unable to consolidate. Falla did the rest with impeccable play, and really has nothing to reproach himself after this second career final.
In the end, the Swiss was just too good and won his second title of 2014, the 79th of his career (he is third behind Jimmy Connors – 109 – and Ivan Lendl – 94).
Federer also came really close to become the first player of the ATP World Tour to win both in singles and in doubles, as he and Marco Chiudinelli had four match points, but ended up bowing out to Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle 1-6, 7-5, 12-10.
A great week for the Swiss maestro nonetheless, who will be looking for his eighth Wimbledon crown in a week from now.