Gerry Weber Open 2010 Finals Preview

No one has won more titles or more matches on grass than Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt among active players, so the final of this year’s Gerry Weber Open features the two most accomplished grass court players on the ATP World Tour.

Hewitt is playing in Halle for the first time in his career and now tries to improve to 7-0 lifetime in grass court finals as he takes on Federer; but the Swiss native has been phenomenal on the lawns of Halle, having been perfect here since 2003 (winning the title that year and again in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008). He will go for his 30th straight match win here as he takes on Hewitt.

Federer has also won 76 of his last 77 matches on grass, the only blemish since 2003 being his famous five-set finals loss to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

Although Federer-Hewitt is one of the deepest rivalries among the ATP World Tour’s elite, Federer has won their last 15 meetings and leads 17-7 overall, 3-1 on grass.

Federer’s Halle service games won streak was snapped at 78 straight games held until the opening game of his semi-final match against Philipp Petzschner, when he was broken. The streak was over an eight match span in Halle.

WHAT’S AT STAKEWinner   €113,600 and 250 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points
Runner-up  € 59,900 and 150 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points

Federer 88th career final……has a 62-25 record… 11-1 in grass finals, 10-1 in finals in Germany
Hewitt  42nd career final…...has a 27-14 record….6-0 in grass finals, 0-1 in finals in Germany

FEDERER & HEWITT: TWO MOST SUCCESSFUL ACTIVE GRASS COURT PLAYERSFederer and Hewitt are the leaders among active players for titles and match wins on grass courts:

Grass Court Title Leaders   
1. Federer    11
2. Hewitt    6
3. Roddick    4
4. Gasquet, Karlovic, Nadal  2

Grass Court Match Win Leaders
1. Hewitt   97
2. Federer  92
3. Roddick   70
4. Clement, Kiefer  44

Date: 13.06.2010, Source: ATP World Tour


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