The Gerry Weber Open was favored with an all-German singles final.Â Philipp Kohlschreiber captured Halle title when his opponent Philipp Petzschner was forced to retire with a lower back injury trailing 7-6, 2-0.
Kohlschreiber said,”it ended so quickly. So I wasnâ€™t really feeling like a winner, but it was the best time for a victory. As you could see before, I really worked hard here; I tried to play good tennis here. It hasnâ€™t worked that well this year until now. I never had a real success, so the win came in the right moment for me.
â€œI felt kind of nervous playing another German in the final and I knew heâ€™d played a great week as well. I knew what was coming. He was serving big, so I didnâ€™t have so many chances, but I started to push up my level at the end of the first set and played some really good points in the tie-break. It was very important to win the first set, then maybe the early break and his injury forced him to stop earlier than if he had won the first set maybe.”
â€œI think it was a fantastic week. Every day I played a great match. Of course, the final ended quite short, but overall the week was great and to win in Germany is fantastic.
Petzschner was upset about not being able to completed the final, “this was a day to celebrate German tennis. I donâ€™t think it would have been a problem for me had I lost in a tight match, I would have been proud of my performance. But to give up such a final, and then here, thatâ€™s incredibly bitter.
“Both of us played solid tennis, we both served really well. And then out of the blue Iâ€™m serving and I notice that something is wrong. The more balls I hit the more obvious it became that I couldnâ€™t finish the match like this. Not on a normal level anyway, I could have just stood in court, but that doesnâ€™t make any sense. Maybe I would have really hurt myself then, or something really bad happens that costs me another eight or 10 weeks.”
The “Indo-Pak Expressâ€œ – Aisamul haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna won the doubles title over Robin Haase and Milos Raonic.
â€œAisam and I are loving playing on the grass, said Bopanna,â€œ itâ€™s our favorite surface. So getting a title here is fantastic for us. Weâ€™ve been coming to Halle for many years now so itâ€™s a really happy moment for us getting this title.
â€œToday we were a set up, but also 5-1 down in the Match Tie-break so we were lucky, played some good shots and showed some quick hands. Thatâ€™s how it goes, itâ€™s like Russian Roulette, so we were happy to come through.â€
â€œWe are very, very happy and excited, said Qureshi, â€žitâ€™s been a long wait. We lost five really close finals last year after winning Johannesburg. I always believed with Rohan we could do really well on the tour and be the force to beat. Iâ€™m really happy that we won our last two matches in a Match Tie-break; itâ€™s going to make us mentally tougher and believe in ourselves even more. Weâ€™re just looking forward to the rest of the year; our goal is to win a Grand Slam title and to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and this is one step forward.â€
RESULTS – SUNDAY, 12 JUNE, 2011
Singles – Final
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 76(5) 20 ret. (lower back)
Doubles – Final
 R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d R Haase (NED) / M Raonic (CAN) 76(8) 36 11-9