After defeating Alejandro Falla by a score of 7-6(2), 7-6(3) in the Gerry Weber Open final, Roger Federer recorded his seventh title in Halle, Germany.
Federer looked to be in top form in Halle, breezing into the final and disposing of Falla in just 89 minutes after a dazzling display of serving prowess, crisp forehands and flawless footwork.
Here's a look at his great showing in Halle:
Due to his impressive performance here—and his history of success on grass—Federer is absolutely poised to make a deep run at Wimbledon.
The world No. 4 isn't only playing well, he's also feeling great about his game and his form going forward. He spoke to ATPWorldTour.com about his drive to succeed:
I really enjoy winning titles. It is what I play for, to play and receive a standing ovation at the end. I am very pleased with my performance. I work hard and travel the tour to win these titles and not lose in the quarters or semifinals. With all the success I have had in the past, I need to aim for titles. I think I deserved the title this week.
Despite Federer's early exit at the hands of Sergiy Stakhovsky last year at Wimbledon, the former world No. 1 has still found the most success at the tournament during his storied career:
|Federer's Most Titles Won by Tournament|
|ATP World Tour Finals||44-11||6|
Things are absolutely clicking for Federer this year. He's in an entirely different form compared to his poor showing at Wimbledon in 2013. Federer spoke of his confidence during a press conference, via The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com):
This year, I feel all the options are there. Return, serve, serve and volley, come in, my backhand—everything is working to my liking. For that reason, I feel I'm a bit more relaxed mentally, because I know it is there. I clearly want to do better than last year, there's no doubt about it.
Federer's confidence in his game this year stems from the amount of matches he's already played in 2014. He looks increasingly fit and comfortable on the court as the season rolls along—this was obviously noticeable in Halle.
Tennis.com tweeted a very confident statement from Federer heading into Wimbledon:
With a great deal of momentum behind him, Federer now looks to his draw.
The world No. 4 has a great chance to reach the quarterfinals once again in a major. It's easy to speculate that he has a great chance to face off against Stan Wawrinka, who was ousted early at Roland Garros not too long ago. Federer holds a 13-2 career record against his fellow countryman.
From there, it's not inconceivable to assume Federer's growing momentum and confidence will propel him to earn his first Wimbledon title since 2012.
Time will tell.
For now, things certainly seem to be falling into place for Federer entering the year's next major tournament.
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