After nearly 10 months of going title-less, Roger Federer returned to the winners circle by winning his sixth career title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. He defeated Mikhail Youzhny in three tough sets to earn his 77th career title, which ties him with John McEnroe for third all time in career titles.
It was a great match, with most points being ended by a winner or forced error. Youzhny, the former top 10 player, is a great player on grass. He can hit the ball very flat, and likes to mix in the backhand slice to give opponents trouble. He took out 3 top 20 opponents en route to the final. After defeating Kei Nishikori in three sets, he took out Phillip Kohlschreiber and Richard Gasquet in straight sets. (both good grass court players)
Federer had a much easier path to the final. His first two rounds were against German wildcards . After defeating Stebe in straight sets, Federer completed his second career “double bagel”, by beating Mischa Zverev 6-0 6-0. His semifinal was much tougher however. It was a rematch of the 2012 final, which was won by Tommy Haas. After dropping the first set, Federer looked locked in and focused and pulled out the three set victory.
In the final, Youzhny was just too good in the first set. He was the aggressor in most of the points, and he didn’t look like he was out of control. He took the first set tiebreak 7-4. However, once Federer secured the beak in the second set, all the momentum went his way. He played some great tennis to defeat the Russian in three sets. He was notably excited afterwards, saying that the win meant a lot him prior to Wimbledon.
Youzhny is definitely a player to watch out for at SW19. Highlights below: