HALLE, Germany —
Roger Federer will face German wild card Tommy Haas in a bid to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record sixth time on Sunday.
The second-seeded Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia by 6-1, 6-4 to reach his seventh final while the 87th-ranked Haas defeated defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 7-5 in Saturday’s semifinals.
“It’s a dream to be able to play him again in the final, he’s a good friend of mine,” said Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34.
Kohlschreiber knocked out Rafael Nadal on Friday, when 2009 winner Haas defeated third-seeded Tomas Berdych.
After taking the first set on a tiebreaker, recovering from 4-1 down by winning six of the next seven points, Haas broke decisively in the 11th game of the second set to lead 6-5 before wrapping up the match.
“I said it all week, that Tommy’s playing fantastic tennis,” Kohlschreiber said.
Federer is aiming to win his 75th tour title, only two behind all-time leader John McEnroe.
“That would be nice but I want more titles. If I only get three more, then the years ahead don’t look too good for me,” Federer joked.
“It was nice to come out and play some decent tennis after yesterday’s shootout drill,” Federer said, referring to his tiebreaker win over Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarterfinals.
The 29-year-old Youzhny has never beaten Federer in 13 attempts.
“Mikhail played a great tournament, and he deserves respect for the way he fought back in the second set,” Federer said.
Federer’s only final defeat at Halle was to Lleyton Hewitt in 2010. He is bidding for his fifth title of the season after wins in Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells and Madrid.
“(Haas) is very dangerous on grass. So it won’t be an easy final for me,” Federer said.
BAD GASTEIN, Austria —
Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium followed Alize Cornet of France into the Gastein Ladies final after defeating Mandy Minella 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Saturday.
After a tight opening set, the second-seeded Wickmayer broke Minella three times in the second.
The 37th-ranked Wickmayer won one of her three career titles in Austria, the 2009 Generali Ladies in Linz.
Earlier, the seventh-seeded Cornet, who is looking for her second title after winning in Budapest four years ago, downed Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2.
The third-seeded Pervak dropped all of her eight service games. She lost in the semifinals last year.
David Nalbandian of Argentina defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Queen’s Club final where he will face Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Sixth-seeded Cilic had earlier beaten American Sam Querrey 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Playing in windy conditions, the American failed to win any of the nine break points in the 20-minute third game and was broken at love to leave Cilic serving for the opening set at 5-3.
After an early exchange of breaks in the second set, Querrey broke his Croatian opponent to lead 5-3 with a backhand volley and served out the set.
Cilic broke to lead 2-0 in the final set after Querrey stumbled to give his opponent break point and then double-faulted.
Querrey recovered the break at 4-2 but gave up his serve again in the next game by netting a backhand.
“It’s tough to play out there and it’s just a few points here and there,” said Querrey, who won the title in 2010.
“But that’s my first semifinal in over a year and that feels really good. I’m heading to Eastbourne next week and feeling confident and look forward to it.”
Querrey faces a first-round showdown with fellow American Andy Roddick at Eastbourne.
Nalbandian will be looking for his first title since winning in Washington nearly two years ago.
“The conditions were very, very tough,” said Nalbandian. “So windy, it was tough to play and there were a lot of mistakes, but happy to win.”