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Roger Federer Makes it Four Titles in a Row at Wimbledon - Jul-06
Roger Federer shows why he is still king on grass as he beat Rafael Nadal who was playing in his first Wimbledon Final. The world number one was tested in the final as Nadal has previously beaten Federer in their last four tennis match encounters. Rafael Nadal is in impressive form and is highlighting why he is believed to be his closet rival. Roger Federer won the tennis match six-zero, seven-six, (tie breaker 7-5), six-seven (second tie breaker 2-7) and six-three.
Federer started off at an extreme pace as he sent the bar early. Roger played sublime tennis while Rafael Nadal was still trying to find his feat. The Federer storm led to a six love first set. Where most players would crumble to his credit Nadal fought back with great determination only just losing the second set to a tie breaker. However, his form continued to improve allowing him to break back wining the third set.
The fourth set was a nail biter especially for Federer who feared a possible Nadal comeback. However, the world number ones experienced showed as he won through to a fourth title in two hours fifty minutes.
After this enthralling Wimbledon Final Roger Federer commented that; “It's fantastic, I never thought it was possible but I made it,” “It's an incredible feeling.”
“I was doubting myself early on in the tournament... I guess the draw and the expectation, so to be through all over again and to play against Rafa in the final is fantastic."
When commenting on his four titles and comparison with past tennis hero’s Federer explained;
“They are heroes of the game and this is the most important tournament, so to win four is out of this world,” “I'll come back and try for a fifth.”
Rafael Nadal spoke in high favour of Roger’s win;
“I want to congratulate Federer, he played unbelievable,” “This is a difficult surface but I played my best tournament of the year here and that's unbelievable.”
“I hope to come back to this final and win. I improved a lot this year and I'm very happy for that.”
Roger Federer replied; “I want to say it was a great tournament for Rafael, I honestly didn't think he was going to play the finals here this week.”
“That's why I thought Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt were the contenders, so it's a fantastic effort.”
Roger Federer wins Australian Open 2006 defeating a Magical Marcos Baghdatis - Jan-06
In an impressive four sets Final Roger Federer defeated Marcos Baghdatis 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2 in the men's singles final at Melbourne Park.
The final had been a great spectacle and show case for tennis as a true great of the game clashed with a potential new contender to his future crown. Marcos Baghdatis began the match with all guns firing with no sign of nerves in his first major final. With an impressive array of powerful shots he out gunned Roger Federer to a 5-7 first set.
The Second set continued as the first, with both players trading shots. Baghdatis forehand was particularly impressive. However, the match had been finally balanced and as Federer won the second set the balance of power had shifted in his favour.
In the third and fourth set a tiring Baghdatis and a fall in his tempo saw a revitalised Federer go up a gear to take the remaining two sets with commanding ease 6-0 and 6-2.
Roger Federer has achieved seven grand slam finals passing fellow champions such as Don Budge, Boris Becker, Jack Crawford, and Stefan Edberg. At fourteen titles Pete Sampras's is the yardstick to reach and if not surpass.
Rod Laver, tennis great watched the game and commented on Roger Federer game,
“As soon as they make a mistake, Roger just sits on them," Laver said of the modern-day marvel.”
“His court coverage is uncanny ... he can do it all from behind the baseline, but if they slip up, he's in there.”
“If his backhand's in good shape, he just rolls.”
Roger Federer Named ITWA's Player and Ambassador of the Year - Dec-05
Roger Federer picked up the honour form the International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) for 2005 and the annual Ambassador for Tennis Award. This is the second year in succession that Federer has received both of the organisation's annual accolades.
Roger Federer had a strong showing in the 2005 tennis season wining Wimbledon and the US Open and including the runner-up at the Tennis Masters Cup, finishing the year with a World ranking of number one for the third successive year. The ITWA’s one hundred and four members from seventeen countries voted him as their Player of the Year ahead of Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer also works hard to improve and promote tennis off the court and explains that. “The fans see you out on court and maybe they think ‘He’s a great player’, but I don’t know if they realize how much we are doing off the court in trying to improve the game and the image of the sport, which from my point of view are very, very important”.
Roger Federer Voted Sexiest Man Alive - Nov-05
Roger Federer voted as one of the sexiest men alive. Tennis star and world number one was named by People magazine as one of its "International Men of Sexiness".
During an interview, Roger Federer wore a black tracksuit and white baseball cap, he teased Chinese reporters that his sex appeal even captivated his part-time coach Tony Roche.
"He likes to visit the sexiest guy alive once in a while," smiled Federer after beating Argentine Guillermo Coria to stay on track for a third straight Masters Cup title.
"He doesn't just come here to hang out with me."
Other tennis stars to receive similar acclaim include Mark Philippoussis, Pat Rafter, Andy Roddick and James Blake. "It's a compliment," Roger Federer said.
Roger Federer in Shanghai Final - Nov-05
David Nalbandian wins the Master Cup Final from two sets down. This epic match ended Roger Federer’s long wining run of twenty-four finals and hopes of a third successive Masters Title in Shanghai.
Roger Federer won the opening two sets on tiebreakers however; he lost the final three to a determined Nalbandian.
Final Result: 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6
Roger Federer in Shanghai - Nov-05
Roger Federer will be looking for a third successive Masters Cup Title as he reaches Shanghai. The first tennis match of this Championship included a meeting with David Nalbandian. The result in a very competitive tennis match saw Federer wining through 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
“I had no expectations I was mentally ready for a two-sets defeat.”
“I was just getting a little bit worried but maybe it’s even good it was a three-setter so I really got to get even more match play.”
Roger Federer concluded by saying, “I will play better I’m very sure the next match will be better. To start with a win in my group that’s definitely a great cushion to have.
Federer Unsure over Shanghai - Nov-05
World number one Roger Federer has been playing down his chances of defending the Masters Cup in Shanghai due to injuries.
“To be honest, I don’t know my chances of wining here because of my foot.”
Federer explained, “I’m here to defend my title but health comes before success. I just hope I can play the first game without any pain.”
Roger Federer Injury Doubt - Oct-05