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One easy and one gripping semi-final later, we have Roger Federer and Tommy Haas as the finalists of the 2012 Gerry Weber Open. With every passing match Federer makes new history and if he goes on to win tomorrow's final then he will lift the title in Halle for the 6th time. The Swiss maestro breezed past Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-4 to make it to his seventh final in Halle, where he even has a street named after him! Federer's opponent in tomorrow's final is veteran Tommy Haas, who defeated the defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 7-5 to book his spot opposite the five time champion.
The World no. 3 loves the grass courts and the grass loves the legend too, a win in Halle is just what Federer needs before the start of Wimbledon. Luckily for Federer, the 2012 London Olympics will also be played on grass courts which gives him a chance to make a go for that elusive Singles Gold. With 10 days to go for the classic and traditional English Grand Slam, Federer will want to get all the confidence that is required for him to make a comeback on the Grand stage at his favourite Slam, where the legend began his journey to greatness in 2003.
After a testing quarterfinal match with Milos Raonic, Federer wasted no time in crushing Mikhail Youzhny in 60 minutes flat. The Swiss legend was merciless in the opening set which he won in 21 mins with ruthless dominance. But the Russian veteran continued to fight in the second set, even breaking Federer's serve at 5-2, but unfortunately couldn't turn the match around. With his latest win over Youzhny, Roger improved his record against the Russian to an emphatic 13-0.
In the day's second semi-final two Halle champions collided as the 2009 winner Tommy Haas took on his former compatriot, Kohlschreiber, who was a surprise winner here last year. The first set was nicked by Haas 7-5 in the tiebreak. The second set appeared to be headed for a similar conclusion when Haas got a break in the 11th game before serving out the match to set-up his final date with Federer.
Haas will look to draw inspiration from his win against Novak Djokovic in the 2009 final, while Federer will be desperate to avoid a repeat of his last visit to the final in Halle where he fell to Lleyton Hewitt in three sets.
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