Federer Secures First Title of Season as Murray Wins at Queen’s

Roger Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny in the Gerry Weber Open final to win his first tennis title since August, while Andy Murray also tuned up for Wimbledon by winning another grass-court event at Queen’s Club in London.

Third-ranked Federer of Switzerland defeated Russia’s Youzhny 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to win the tournament in Halle, Germany, for the sixth time. It was his 77th career title, moving him into a tie with John McEnroe in third place on the all-time list.

“I’ve been preparing well for this part of the season and I’m happy it’s paying off,” Federer, who will begin the defense of his Wimbledon title next week, told reporters. “It’s obviously important for my confidence looking forward to Wimbledon now.”

Second-ranked Murray also lost the first set before coming back to beat defending champion Cilic of Croatia 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 and win his third title at Queen’s Club. The start of yesterday’s final was delayed three hours by rain.

Britain’s Murray, who lost last year’s Wimbledon final to Federer, was playing his first tournament after missing the French Open because of a back injury.

“The most important thing next week is just to make sure I keep improving the strength of my back, make sure there’s no setbacks and just keep working hard on the rehab,” Murray told the British Broadcasting Corp. “Then, when Wimbledon comes round, it’s all about how you play.”

Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final of the Aegon Classic grass-court women’s tournament in Birmingham, England, to win her sixth career title.

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