ATP Gerry Weber Open: Roger Federer claims first title of the year
Roger Federer claimed his first title of the year by beating Mikhail Youzhny in three sets at the ATP Gerry Weber Open.
Last Updated: 16/06/13 4:28pm
The Swiss ace triumphed 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 to win the Wimbledon warm-up event on grass for the sixth time and post the 77th win in Halle of his career.
Federer missed five break points in the first set, four of them coming in the opening game, before coming off second best in the tiebreak to the Russian after an hour of play.
But the former world No 1 fought back to level the encounter and then went on to win the match with a love game on his service, to preserve his perfect record over Youzhny in 15 meetings in over two hours of play.
The top seed was thrilled to finally get off the mark for the year and this triumph in Germany was the ideal preparation ahead of his Wimbledon defence, after he was brushed aside by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the French Open quarter-finals.
"I've won a lot but not so much in the last 10 months, although I feel I'd been playing well. But the others were playing better," said Federer, who believed his serve helped beat the Russian.
"Mikhail has produced a great tournament, that's why I'm so happy to have won," he added.
"I had to fight hard to remain in the race in the second set. I served well (he produced 12 aces) and that's what saved me today."