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Final in Halle

09.06.2005 | Tennis

Roger has made it to the Halle Open final with a 6-4 7-6 win over Germany's Tommy Haas on Saturday!

As the top seed he is going for a third successive title at the pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournament. Roger produced a superb display of serve and volley tennis in the semi-final, extending his three-year winning streak on the surface to 28 matches.

Haas, roared on by the crowd in the 12,500-seater Gerry Weber stadium, fought well to take the second set to a tie break, but double faulted at 9-10 to hand victory to Roger. Roger and Tommy Haas had each won two of their four previous matches but this was their first on grass.

In Sunday's final, the Wimbledon champion will play second-seeded Marat Safin of Russia, who beat him on the way to winning the Australian Open this year.

And Roger and Marat will be facing each other again straight after that! They have both made it into the doubles final, Roger playing with Yves Allegro and Marat with Sweden's Joachim Johansson.

 

Roger breezed through to the Halle Open semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.

Roger was a lot stronger than the young German on grass, his power and finesse sealing victory in one hour and two minutes. Kohlschreiber, 21, who failed to convert several break points against Roger, had upset sixth seed Joachim Johansson in the first round.

Roger will play former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain or Germany's Tommy Haas in the semis.

 

Roger eased into the Halle Open quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer on Thursday.

Going for a third successive victory at the German grass-court event, Roger was at his imperious best in the first set, breaking local favourite Mayer twice. But the young German, ATP newcomer of the year in 2004, gave the crowd something to cheer about in the second set when he broke Roger twice to lead 4-3.

Roger was more than equal to the challenge, however, even allowing himself an uncharacteristic whoop of joy after one particularly fierce forehand winner down the line gave him a break back.

Roger faces Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals.

 
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