Roger Federer beats Denis Kudla to reach ATP Halle final

Vastavam web: Roger Federer booked his 12th career final at the ATP Halle grass tournament on Saturday, beating qualifier Denis Kudla 7-6 (7/1), 7-5.The Swiss needs to win the title on Sunday it would be his tenth at the event – to remain world number one heading into Wimbledon.He will face either Spanish fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut or Croatian Borna Coric.Federer needed just under 90 minutes to get the job done and hold off the 109th-ranked Kulda, who had not lost a set going into the semi-final.

Federer is back in a familiar spot in Halle, which models its Centre court after its namesake at the All England club, as he works to fine-tune with a Wimbledon title defence starting a week from Monday.The 36-year-old has reached the final four in each of his last 14 Halle appearances.The top-seeded Swiss kept the pressure on Kudla in the second, with the qualifier saving break points before Federer salvaged three of his own to square the set at four games apiece, sealing his effort with an ace, one of his dozen in the match. Federer gained the crucial service break for a 6-5 lead as Kudla returned long, and the Swiss closed out the victory a game later on the first of two match points.