Re: There is no finish line...
By winning the Halle final, Federer avoided losing 4 consecutive finals, having already lost the finals in Basel, WTF, Rome. He is still without a 4+ loss streak in finals in his career. He has 3 other streaks of 3 lost finals (2006 and 2008 on clay vs. Nadal, and in 2010 Madrid-Halle-Canada).
Interestingly, the other current top players have a similar record. Nadal has 3 streaks of 3 finals losses, and one of 4 losses. Djokovic has 3 streaks of 3 losses, Murray has 1.