Haas stuns Federer to win Halle title
Tommy Haas defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Gerry Weber Open title.
Haas recovered from losing his serve in the first game by winning the first set in a tiebreaker and then getting the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set.
"I'm very impressed with how he played today," Federer said. "Tommy deserved to win."
Haas got the break to earn a 5-4 lead after a lengthy rally featuring lobs, chips and a drop shot. That followed two unforced errors in succession from Federer that allowed him to force deuce.
Federer missed another break point in the fifth game to leave the score 3-2, and Haas pulled even by breaking him in the next game, when Federer uncharacteristically netted a simple return.
"I should never have lost the first set, so that hurt. He got momentum after that," Federer said.
With Haas leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker, a fan called for him to fire an ace, and there was a huge roar from the crowd when he duly obliged with his third.
“I don’t have many words to say really, except that it is an amazing feeling to win another title in Germany,” said Haas. “[Winning] my thirteenth title was a goal of mine to maybe achieve in the next coming months, years or however long I am going to play. To have somebody across the net like Roger is a real honour for me. To have that picture with the winning trophy and Roger next to me is something really special, something I’ll obviously never forget. I’m just really happy and proud.”
“It’s probably up there if not the sweetest one considering the injuries, considering not knowing how much longer it would really go or if I can actually get back to a certain level,” Haas said. “Then seeing how I played this week on grass here and beating Roger. It’s probably up there.”
“I should never have lost the first set. So, obviously that hurt,” said Federer. “He got momentum after that. He started to serve a bit better. I missed a few more forehands and missed a few chances earlier on in the second. So, it was a tough match for me to lose really... He was aggressive, he was maybe the more inspired player out there today. And that’s why he deserved to win.”