Roger Federer wrapped up his seventh Gerry Weber Open title in Halle on Sunday, as he beat Colombian Alejandro Falla in the final 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).
Two tie-breaks settled the match for the Swiss in 89 minutes, as he captured his 14th career title on grass and his 79th title overall.
Falla would have been just the second Colombian to win an ATP title had he beaten the former world number one, after Mauricio Hadad in 1995.
The world number 69 showed character to come back into the first set, as Federer failed to serve it out from being 5-3 up, and he was broken to 15.
But five straight points from 2-2 in the tie-break were enough for the 17-time Grand Slam winner to win the set, and his momentum carried him into the second, as he broke Falla’s serve in the opening game.
Falla then managed to break back in the following game, and there followed ten consecutive holds of serve to set up another tie-break.
Federer then comfortably wrapped up the match and maintained his 100 percent record over his 30-year-old opponent, who he has now beaten in seven matches out of seven.
The closest Falla has come to beating Federer was in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010, where he lost from being two sets and 5-4 up, but was beaten in five sets.
Halle has proved to be a successful tournament for Federer, who won the event in five consecutive attempts between 2003 and 2008.
The win over Falla was his seventh win in nine finals at the tournament, with his only losses in the final coming in 2010 and 2012 to Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Haas respectively.
The 32-year-old’s winning run in Germany helped him set a record of 65 consecutive victories on grass, as he also won five straight Wimbledon titles between 2003 and 2007.
His victory will give him confidence going into Wimbledon, as he will be looking to win the grass court major for the eighth time, which would be a record in the Open Era.
The world number four will be looking to improve on a disappointing showing at SW19 last year, where he was shockingly knocked out in the second round to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets.
There is a chance that he could move above fellow Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka into third place in the world rankings if he significantly improves on that this year.
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