Switzerland's Roger Federer beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for the sixth time.

Halle is now one of the trio of tournaments that the Swiss great has won at least six times, along with Wimbledon (seven) and the Masters series (six).

Federer, who holds a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, has now tied American John McEnroe with 77 career titles.

The 31-year-old Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open two weeks ago, picked up his first title of the year at Halle.

Youzhny, playing in his first final on grass, made Federer stay on court for two hours and two minutes to get the win.

The victory ended Federer's recent losing streak in Halle, where he went down at the hands of Australia's Lleyton Hewitt in 2010 and lost to Germany's Tommy Haas last year.

The Gerry Weber Open is one of the tune-up events for Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam tournament played on grass, which starts on June 24.

Federer is the defending champion at Wimbledon, where he defeated Scotland's Andy Murray in the final 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 last year to win his 7th title at the All England Club and 17th major.

The Swiss great, who tied American Pete Sampras for most titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era, prevented Murray from becoming the first British man to win the Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936. EFE