Fresh off an exciting finish at the 2014 French Open, the top stars in men's tennis competed in the 2014 Gerry Weber Open in Germany and looked to make a seamless transition from a clay court to a grass court.
The field was stacked with the game's best from the men's side, but it was Roger Federer who showed his dominance on grass by beating Alejandro Falla in straight sets. Unlike Rafael Nadal, who lost early in the tournament, Federer had the benefit of extra rest on his side due to the upset loss early on at the French Open.
In fact, the rest helped Federer play up to the level that he always has on grass. Ian Horne of LiveTennis.com pointed to the stat sheet before the tournament to explain just how good Federer is on grass surfaces:
Since 1973, Federer is the ATP's Win-Loss Index leader for career grass court matches. The 17-time slam winner's record on the surface currently stands at 122-18, and he's been able to pick up 13 titles in the process. Seven of these have been won at Wimbledon, where he's been able to stamp his mark on the game and earn a reputation as the King of the Lawns (which doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Rafael Nadal's King of Clay moniker).
Federer's Win-Loss Index stands at 0.871 (matches won per matches played) on grass, and he's followed on that list by John McEnroe (119-20 record) and Bjorn Borg (61-11 record).
Nadal, who missed the tournament last year, didn't want to miss it again. He triumphed at the French Open for the ninth time in the past decade, but the Spaniard was unable to carry that momentum forward at Halle.
After winning the French Open, Nadal told Horne before the tourney that he'd be making the trip to Germany:
I am going to Halle tomorrow. I want to try to play well again in Wimbledon. I'm healthy. That's the most important thing, I feel…For me, is a tournament I really love so much, so after the match of today and after how tired I am, after a little bit the back problem that I had during the whole tournament, is in a strong position to go to Halle.
The tournament started on Monday, June 9, and there was plenty of great tennis at the 2014 edition of the Gerry Weber Open.