HALLE, Germany —
Federer has a big following at the Halle tournament. The fans gave him a standing ovation, while his wife, Mirka, let out a sigh of relief while keeping an eye on their twin daughters.
“The difference was that he was better today — he’s been better all his life,” the 30-year-old Youzhny said.
Federer finished with 12 aces.
“The first set was very close; it could have gone either way. I had to fight very hard to stay in the second. My serve saved me today,” Federer said. “At the end I was just a bit steadier.”