Roger Federer fights back to reach Halle Open final

World number three Roger Federer moved closer to winning his first title of the year by defeating Germany's Tommy Haas to reach Halle Open final.

Federer came from behind to beat the defending champion 3-6 6-3 6-4.

"I felt good out there and, as I had predicted, it was a tough match. [The final] will not be easy but I'm really looking forward to it," said Federer.

The 31-year-old, a five-time champion at Halle, will play Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in Sunday's final.

The 30-year-old Russian, ranked 29 in the world, beat second seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with the Swiss.

"It's a big final for me. After that I'll start thinking about Wimbledon," added Federer, who hit 15 aces in his victory over Haas.

"Clearly, I wasn't sure how well I was really playing until today. When you are a set down, one break and that could be the end for you. Fortunately, I was able to turn it around.''