After 10 month coming up just short, Roger Federer finally collected another title, this one his 6th in Halle after beating Mikhail Youzhny 67, 63, 64 in the Gerry Weber Open final.
“It was a great week for me and my family,” Federer said. “So, I’m just very happy how I played this week and excited about what’s to come now. Because I feel confident, I feel fit and fresh and that’s very important at this point in the season.
“Winning solves everything really. So, for me it’s great in terms of confidence. I feel like I know what I need to do,” he added. “There’s still things I believe I can improve on but I think that will then happen when the moment is there when Wimbledon starts. But overall I’m very pleased with the way I played and I’m happy with the week.”
Federer will go into Wimbledon next week seeking an 8th career title there and today’s win should bolster his confidence.
After a sub-par start to 2013, Federer was in the Rome finals, French quarters before his title run in Halle.
“I’m not absolutely satisfied with the first six months,” Federer said. “Maybe if I had changed my tournament schedule I would have won more titles but that wasn’t the goal. The goal was to play the big tournaments, take a break and then be in top form for this week here, Paris, Halle, Wimbledon and I’m happy things look great for next week.”
The title, Federer’s 77th of his career, ties him with John McEnroe on the all-time list.
“John McEnroe has done a lot for tennis also later as commentator,” he said. “I used to watch his matches, the highlights against Björn Borg and later Boris Becker. So, it’s very special.”
Federer though really had to battle an in-form Youzhny today. After losing a tight first set Federer didn’t give up hope. He now leads the 30-year-old Russian 15-0 lifetime.
“My opinion on Roger one years ago, two years ago, three years ago, it’s a different Roger but he’s not going down,” Youzhny said. “It’s just that other players might be coming close to his level. Before, his level was really really high. Nobody could be close to him. Now, other players can be close. But I don’t think and I don’t feel he’s not the same.”
Federer will go into Wimbledon next week as the likely No. 3 seed Behind Andy Murray who just won Queen’s.
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