Defending champion Roger Federer defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (1), 6-4 to clinch a record eighth Halle title and a record an unprecedented 15th grass court title.
Sunday’s win also meant that he became the third player in the Open Era to claim at least eight titles in a single tournament. He now joins Rafael Nadal(9 FO and 8 Monter Carlo and Barcelona) and Guillermo Vilas( 8 Beunos Aires).
It was Federer’s 86th ATP title in his 130th final appearance. Federer’s only defeats at Halle came in 2010 and 2012. Though, he still feels that World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is favorite to win Wimbledon again this year.
The Swiss said, “He is the champion, the world number one and plays well on grass.”
“When you are winning everything, you can do anything you want. I know that from my own experience.”
Seppi, who had knocked Federer out of the Australian Open this year, gave the Swiss a hard evening as the latter had to save three break points in the first set. The second set was a rather smoother affair for Federer. With this win, Federer bettered his H2H record against the Italian. It now stands at 12-1.
“I hope this is a good omen for Wimbledon,” said Federer, who won the last of his 17 majors at the All England Club in 2012.