First title of the year for Federer
Halle: Roger Federer won his first title of the year, overcoming a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry...
Halle: Roger Federer won his first title of the year, overcoming a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday. Returning to grass in his favorite warm-up for Wimbledon, the top-seeded Federer looked lethargic until the middle of the second set against a player he had never lost to in 14 previous matches. It was the first final on the tour this year involving two players 30 or older. The 31-year-old Federer won his first title since Cincinnati in August and his sixth in Halle, the first since 2008. Four of Federer's seven Wimbledon titles have come after victories in Halle. "I've won a lot but not so much in the last 10 months, although I feel I'd been playing well," Federer said. "But the others were playing better." The former top-ranked player, who is now No. 3, won his 77th career title. Federer will be looking to extend his record of 17 Grand Slam championships when he defends his title at Wimbledon.