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Federer going for 7th Halle title

HALLE, Germany — Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after they won their semifinals yesterday.

Federer fired 10 aces and defeated the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6 (7-4) as he improved his record here to 45-5.

“It was played on a very fast court and a few shots were going to decide it. They went my way,” Federer said.

Nishikori rallied to force the second set to the tiebreak, where he made a mini-break at 4-2, only to let Federer off the hook with two consecutive forehand errors.

Federer miscalculated the score and hadn’t realized he won.

“The crowd’s applause was different, I looked at the referee and he was smiling, then I noticed Nishikori was at the net. I had to check the score. Of course, I was happy to accept the win,” said the Swiss, who thought it happened for “probably the first time.”

Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to become the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass-court tournament.

In London, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at Queen’s Club yesterday.

He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano López in today’s final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

AP

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