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Federer, Safin Reach German Tennis Finals


Two-time defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland and Russian Marat Safin have charged into the finals of the Gerry Weber grass court tennis tournament in Halle, Germany.

Federer beat seventh-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 7-6 in their semifinal match on Saturday. The win extended Federer's winning streak on grass to 28 matches.

For the second straight match, Federer was not broken and Haas won only three points on the Swiss star's serve in the first set. Federer improved his record to 50-3, after a semifinal loss to eventual champion Rafael Nadal of Spain last week at the French Open.

The world number one faces Marat Safin in the final of the Wimbledon warmup on Sunday. The second-seeded Russian came another step closer to his first grass court title when he defeated number-four Guillermo Canas of Argentina, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

This tournament is one of several key warm-ups for the third major tournament of the year, the Wimbledon Championships, which start June 20 in London.

Federer is a two-time defending champion at the All-England Club.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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