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Tennis: Federer takes Halle title for seventh time

Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:46 AM
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer celebrates winning his final match against Alejandro Falla from Columbia at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany on June 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HALLE WESTFALEN, Allemagne (AFP) - Switzerland’s Roger Federer won the Halle grasscourt tournament for the seventh time on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.

Federer, 32, the defending champion and world number four, was too powerful for the world number 69 as he claimed his second success of the season after Dubai in February.

It was Federer’s 79th career title – and 14th on grass – and provided the Swiss with a timely boost ahead of his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon crown in a weeks’ time.

“It is great to have won seven times here,” said Federer. “It is very special and I hope to come back here next year.”

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