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By Randy Walker



Roger Federer has created more tennis history.

Federer won his 77th career ATP singles title Sunday – tying John McEnroe for third place all-time – defeating Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

As documented in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS book (available here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Collins-History-Tennis-Authoritative/dp/0942257707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371393198&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bud+collins+history+of+tennis) Federer trails only Jimmy Connors (109 titles) and Ivan Lendl (94 titles) on the all-time list.

The win is Federer’s sixth at Halle, his choice for his pre-Wimbledon grass-court tuneup. It also Federer’s first title since he beat Novak Djokovic in the final of Cincinnati last August.

He also extends his career head-to-head record against Youzhny to 15-0. Youzhny played aggressively and pushed Federer, unlike the last showing between the two in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year when Federer won by a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 margin.

Federer’s first ATP singles title came in 2001 in Milan, Italy, when he defeated Julien Boutter in the title match, as documented by Rene Stauffer in his book ROGER FEDERER: QUEST FOR PERFECTION (www.RogerFedererBook.com).

Federer will begin the defense of his 2012 Wimbledon championship on Monday, June 24.

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Randy Walker is a communications and marketing specialist, writer, tennis historian and the managing partner of New Chapter Media – www.NewChapterMedia.com. He was a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Tennis Association’s marketing and communications division where he worked as the press officer for 22 U.S. Davis Cup ties, three Olympic tennis teams and was an integral part of USTA media services team for 14 US Opens. He is the author of the books ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY and THE DAYS OF ROGER FEDERER

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