Federer rallies to win at German Championships

Roger Federer rallied to beat Daniel Brands as 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg. The 17-time Grand Slam champion is a four-time winner in Hamburg, the city where he won his first title in 2002 to break into the top 10.

Using a bigger racket for the first time (98 Sq. inches), Federer served three aces in the opening game but still lost his serve and ultimately the set to the German.

Brands, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday and received a cake after the match, got few presents from the top-seeded Federer in the last two sets. However, the Swiss star needed four match points to close it out. He finished with nine aces on the clay-court surface.

''It was a tough match. Daniel is playing a very good season. I think it was good for me to have a match like this and come through at the end," said Federer. "Clearly these kind of matches are always important, especially losing the first set makes things difficult. You’re not allowed to make many more unforced errors in crucial moments and I was able to come through and play better as the match went on. That’s always encouraging for the next round.''

Federer will play qualifier Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, who beat 15th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Date: 17th July 2013, Source: AP


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