Haas upsets Federer in Halle final
Germany's Tommy Haas upset Roger Federer to claim his second Gerry Weber title
Tommy Haas upset Roger Federer's Wimbledon preparations by winning the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.
The German, who needed a wild card to enter the grass-court tournament he won in 2009, won 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 in Halle.
Haas, ranked 87th in the world, beat five-times winner Federer after taking a tight first set on the tie break before breaking his opponent in the ninth game of the second to wrap up the win.
At 34 Haas was the oldest player in the singles draw at Halle but belied his age to end Federer's bid for a fifth tour title of the season.
Having edged the first set on home soil Haas went 5-4 ahead in the second courtesy of two unforced errors by his Swiss opponent before serving out for the match.
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Federer's best days and tournament wins are behind him now but he is still a true gentleman and profesional. I'd like him to bow out on a high and take the Wimbledon title this year which would truly make him the best ever.
I think Murray's period starts on opening day so he won't stand a chance.
I think that Federer is pretty much unsurpassable,though there have been other great players on court.
What marks Federer out though,is his economy of movement on court,I've never seen him work up a sweat,thus,saving energy,which makes all the difference when the threat is at it most in a long match.
One of the few 'Gentlemen' on the circuit. No matter whether he wins Wimbledon this year or not, his reputation is spotless and his technique flawless. He's an example to others on the professional circuit and it's almost irrelevant whether he wins or loses( except to him and his supporters)...His will be a name that endures in the history of tennis and I feel honoured to have been able to watch him play.
I do hope he wins this year but as long as he is willing and able, I'd love him to return for years to come.