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World No.1 Roger Federer extended his unbeaten run on grass to 59 matches after beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Federer, who sailed through the Wimbledon warm-up tournament without dropping his serve, extended his record unbeaten run on grass to 59 matches to equal Pete Sampras' record of 10 titles on the surface.

"I'm really excited, I think that is the first time in my career I have won a title without losing serve," said Federer. "That was very special -- and I'm very proud to keep my streak going."


Federer, who has never lost a grass-court final, was winning Halle for the fifth time. The previous four were followed by Wimbledon triumphs three weeks later.

"That's exactly what I hope for this time," Federer said. "That's why I'm so satisfied. That's why I will go to Wimbledon with a lot of hope."

Rafael Nadal claimed his first career grass-court title Sunday, defeating Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the Queen's Club final to become the first Spaniard to win on grass in 36 years.

It was the French Open champion's third win in the last three tournaments over the second-seeded Djokovic, following semifinal victories in Hamburg and at Roland Garros. Andres Gimeno was the last Spaniard to win on grass, at Eastbourne in 1972.

Nadal is also the first player to win at Roland Garros and Queen's Club in the same year since Ilie Nastase in 1973.

"This week was amazing for me," Nadal said.

The win should give Nadal a confidence boost ahead of Wimbledon, particularly after his resounding straight-sets win over No. 1 Roger Federer in the French Open final.

"Wimbledon is (a) very, very important tournament, and the motivation is 100 percent," Nadal said. "Doesn't matter if I am tired mentally. Physically is a little bit more important, but I think physically I'm fine."

Top seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko won the Warsaw Open with a 6-3 6-3 victory over defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain on Sunday.

The victory gave Russian Davydenko his third title of the year, and the 14th of his career. Davydenko pocketed $104,000 with the win.

"Every game in this match was difficult for me. In the first set I broke him but then he broke me back. I have to say that the last point was lucky for me," Davydenko told reporters.

"All Spanish players like Nadal and Robredo play a pretty similar game -- not too fast with more topspin -- so I have more time to prepare, but today Robredo put up a good fight," the 27-year-old Russian added.


(source CNN, Associated Press, Reuters,
photo/WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images,
AP Photo/Simon Dawson, AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz,
IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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