In an enthralling semi-final match between Roger Federer defeated Tommy Haas 3-6,6-3,6-4 in 1 hour & 38 minutes to reach the finals of Gerry Weber Open where he will face the winner of Richard Gasquet vs Mikhail Youzhny.
Roger Federer had a break point in the opening game but couldn't convert. Tommy Haas's service through out the Gerry Weber Open has been top class & he hadn't lost his service even once in hi first two sets. The 35 year old German who has been in the form of his life broke the Swiss Maestro's service in the 6th game to get to a 4-2 lead.
The next two games went on service but Federer had two break points on Haas's service at 5-3, but once again the German showed some amazing finesse to save those break points & win the first set 6-3 in 31 minutes.
Here are the first set stats
Roger Federer had won his Quarter-final match in 39 minutes & clearly, at this stage, the inform German was making his task very difficult.
Roger Federer started the 2nd set with a comfortable hold & then broke the German's serve in the very next game to get to a 2-0 lead. This was the first time that Haas service got broken in his 3rd match at Halle & clearly, that was the first opening that Federer got in the match and he didn't allow to slip away the opening.
Federer had two set points on Haas service at 2-5, but the German saved both those break points thanks to some big serves but Federer served out the set in the very next game to win the set 6-3.
It was 1 set all & Federer had all the momentum going in to the third set.
Roger Federer was able to put pressure on Haas's service & broke him in the 3rd game to lead 2-1. Haas had an opening in the very next service game of Federer as he lead by 0-30, but Federer thanks to some immaculate serving held his service to lead by 3-1. Federer's service was looking at its pinnacle at this stage & clearly, Haas had his task cut-out.
The next 5 games went on service & Federer served out the match in the 10th game to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 98 minutes.
Here are the overall match stats -----
Federer who hit 14 aces in the match faced difficulties in the first set but fought back to reach his 8th final at Halle .On the part of Haas ,he seemed in good form initially but made 8 double faults in the match & that proved to be deciding factor in the end.
Federer, who is looking forward to win his first title of the year (this is the first year since 2000 that Federer has not won a single tournament till the end of Roland Garros) said- "He won the peak points in the first set and I in the 2nd and 3rd set.In the course of the match I got the upper hand from the baseline.I am happy with my consistency in the match...I have not won any titles this year yet so I m very motivated and eager to win this one here "
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