Gerry Weber Open Final live today
Following a superb fortnight of action on the clay of Roland Garros, the grass court season is now well and truly underway and Sunday sees Roger Federer take on Tommy Haas in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (Haas 6/1, Federer 1/12).
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The tournament has regularly been used by Federer as a warm-up for Wimbledon and the match at the Gerry Weber Stadion presents the Swiss star with the perfect opportunity to add to his impressive five titles at the event.
The 30-year-old (9/2 Wimbledon outright) has experienced something of a renaissance in 2012 and, despite going out in the last four at the French Open, has looked full of confidence this week in Germany, dropping just one set on his path to the final.
Federer has often said that he feels at home on grass and certainly looked untroubled as he cruised past Mikhail Youzhny in the last four.
Victory in Halle would set him up perfectly going into Wimbledon and he will expect to come through the final quite comfortably.
However, the result is certainly not a foregone conclusion and Haas will definitely not simply roll over against his more illustrious rival (Haas 11/1 to win 2-0).
Haas came through the ranks at the same time as Federer and was widely expected to rival him for glory but has never really lived up to the hype due to a mixture of injuries and poor form.
The 34-year-old won this tournament in 2009 and, despite having a relatively poor record on grass, certainly has the attributes to trouble his Swiss rival due to his strong service game and speed around the court.
Haas made it through to the final thanks to a hard-fought win over compatriot and defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had previously beaten top seed Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
The former world number two certainly won’t be afraid of Federer and will be looking to produce a big performance to prove he can still mix it with the big boys as well as build his form for SW19.
However, despite Haas’ strong showing this week, Federer is currently flying and will be confident of victory as he looks to lay down a marker ahead of Wimbledon.
Although it won’t be totally straightforward, the 16-time Grand Slam champion will expect to win and it will be quite a surprise if he even comes close to dropping a set (Federer 1/3 to win 2-0)