Federer wins once again at Halle

HALLE, GERMANY (TICKER) —It does not appear that Roger Federer is still thinking about his horrendous loss at Roland Garros.

The world No. 1, Federer claimed his fifth title at the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Despite a disastrous showing against Rafael Nadal in the French Open final last Sunday in which he captured just four games, Federer proved to be on top of his game at this grasscourt tournament, not dropping a set in five matches en route to raising his record here to 25-0.

“I am really excited about the way I played, never dropped a service game throughout the week,” Federer said. “I couldn’t be more happy. I beat quality players and also my level of play was very good. So, I’m really pleased with my performance.

“From the baseline I was playing very smart, very well, not missing much and when I attacked, I attacked well. So, it was a good performance.”

The Swiss star also extended his winning streak on grass to 59 matches dating to 2002. Federer will start his quest for his record sixth straight Wimbledon title in a little more than a week.

Facing Kohlschreiber for the second time in his career, Federer fired six aces and was successful on both of his two break chances en route to picking up the $182,000 first prize.

It was the second title of the year and 55th career for Federer, who tied Pete Sampras’ record for most titles on grass in the Open era with 10.

Kohlschreiber, who lost to Federer in the quarterfinals here in 2005, dropped to 1-1 in finals this year, winning in Auckland in January.

“He’s (Federer) very strong,” Kohlschreiber said. “Everybody is expecting him to win. Also for me it’s just a small percentage, a small chance to maybe beat him. Of course, it was a nice memory. I think it’s always an honor to play against the best player in a sport.”

Kohlschreiber, who topped world No. 7 James Blake in the semifinals, dropped to 9-19 against players ranked within the top 10 following Sunday’s result.

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