Roger Federer has defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the straight sets in the final match of the Gary Weber Open and won the tournament.
It’s the 7th time that Federer has lifted the trophy at Halle. This title must be a confidence booster for him going into the Wimbledon Championships.
Federer would be looking to make an impact in the Wimbledon as he has been written off by quite a few pundits for that tournament already. The Swiss maestro would absolutely love to make those people eat their words in a few weeks’ time.
Federer’s match against Falla was not easy though. He, in fact, got pushed to his last bit by the 30-year old wily Colombian who is at the 54th position in the world rankings at the moment.
Both the sets in the match went into the tie breaker. But, to Federer’s credit, he showed what a difference experience and mental strength could make as he looked absolutely composed in both the tie breakers and clinched them easily.
Falla would definitely be kicking himself at the end of the day as despite matching his opponent shot for shot for most parts of the match, he lost in straight sets.
Speaking in the post match interview, Federer said, “I have this place very close to my heart. Whenever I come here and do well, I make my way to Wimbledon with a lot of confidence. I am again going to go there in a positive frame of mind and hopefully, I will get desired results.”
Federer has, in total, won 7 Wimbledon singles titles in his career the last of which had come in 2012 when he had beaten Andy Murray in the final. Murray took his revenge last year though.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has suffered a shocking loss in the Aegon Championships which is happening in London at Queen’s Club. He was beaten by the Australian player Marinko Matosevic in the straight sets yesterday.
Matosevic was criticized a lot right before this match for some of the statements that he had made about the female’s game in his recent interview and also for what he had said about Murray’s new coach. Some people had even called him ‘Pig Headed, but, the Aussie didn’t reply to any one of them and just did what a player should do. He went out there on the court and talked through his performance.
Matosevic was absolutely brutal against his higher ranked opponent Tsonga who was actually the favourite to win this match, but, let alone winning, he wasn’t being able to even limit the damage.
Matosevic should get more plaudits for this victory because he played almost the whole match with slight injury. He had twisted his ankle in the initial parts of the first set and there were fears that he might not be able to carry on. But, he did so and he had an extremely determined look on his face. He desperately wanted to prove a point to his critics.
In the post match interview, when he was asked about that injury, Matosevic said, “I got really worried initially. I thought it would swell up a lot, but, thankfully, I was wrong. I got taped and I was fine after that.”
“It’s actually the blow that I took on my hip after slipping, that was troubling me more. But nonetheless, it’s a win for me and that’s what matters.”
In the next round, Matosevic will take on the Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka.