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23.08.2010 | Tennis

It’s No Snap for Federer, but a Title (New York Times)

 

A well-rested Federer beat Mardy Fish, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-4, on Sunday in Mason, Ohio, for his second straight Cincinnati Masters championship and his fourth over all. Federer, the world’s second-ranked player, was barely on the court all week because some of his opponents were injured and his game was sharp. He spent only 3 hours 17 minutes in matches en route to the final. There, he was pushed to the limit for the first time. Fish dropped the final set after the match’s only service break.

 

“Maybe I was just a touch fitter than him today,” Federer said. Federer ended a streak of three straight losses in tournament finals, winning his first Masters event since Cincinnati last year. His 63rd career title tied Bjorn Borg for fifth place in the Open era. Pete Sampras is fourth at 64, and Jimmy Connors holds the record with 109.

 

 

 

Federer finds his winning form with fourth Cincinnati title (Hindustan Times)

 

Roger Federer collected a fourth Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday as the world number two thrust himself front and centre as a repeat US Open threat with a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 comeback defeat of Mardy Fish. The victory came as the Swiss world number two played for the second consecutive week in a final after losing in Toronto to Andy Murray seven days ago.

 

"It's nice knowing that the hard work already in the off season after Wimbledon pays off right away," said Federer, now with 63 career titles. "I came close a couple times earlier in the season. I should have won Halle (in June), I could have won Madrid (in May), but things didn't really work my way. I was maybe playing a little bit too passive. Now I'm taking it more to the opponents again. "I'm happy that that's the right game plan right now."

 

 

 

Federer clear favourite for US Open after his 'perfect week' (Independent)

 

Only two months ago Roger Federer was nursing his wounds after a second successive defeat in a Grand Slam quarter-final, but the former world No 1 will go into next week's US Open in New York as the clear favourite to win the last major title of the year.

 

Federer's 17th Masters Series title puts him level with Andre Agassi and just one behind Rafael Nadal, the record holder. In winning his 63rd tournament Federer moved level with Bjorn Borg and into joint-fifth place on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109 titles), Ivan Lendl (94), John McEnroe (77) and Pete Sampras (64).

 

The fast conditions in Cincinnati make the event the ideal preparation for the US Open, which Federer won five years in a row until his defeat to Juan Martin del Potro in last summer's final. With Nadal having never gone beyond the semi-finals in New York, it could be down to Murray to provide the biggest challenge to Federer.

 

Timely victory boosts Federer ahead of U.S. Open (CNN)

 

Roger Federer will go into the final grand slam of the season at Flushing Meadows on the crest of a wave after claiming the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday.

 

"I've been playing well the past couple weeks, and today was just another proof that I'm playing really well," Federer told the official ATP Tour website. "I had a tough moment staring at one set down and break point in the second set, but I hung tough and was able to come across the finish line faster than him," he added. The Swiss maestro has bounced back to near his best form after the disappointment of losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals as he defended his Wimbledon crown.

 

Federer gained a measure of revenge after beating Berdych in the last four at the Toronto Masters before losing to Britain's Andy Murray in a tight final. It was his first tournament appearance for six weeks, but Federer says he is feeling confident on the North American hard courts as he builds up to the U.S. Open in New York."I have not lingering injuries, no problems whatsover and feeling really healthy and fit which was not the case during the grass court season." "That's a relief," added Federer, who will be bidding for his 17th grand slam crown next week.

 

Roger Federer of old returns to end trophy drought at Cincinnati Masters (The Guardian)

 

Roger Federer was asked this week who was the most famous person on his cell phone. "Tiger Woods," he said, without a blink. There is every chance he will be giving his troubled friend a call after turning his own ordinary season around with his first title in eight months today. A hard-fought three-setter against Mardy Fish to hold on to the Cincinnati Masters was just what the world No2 needed a week before the US Open. It was not a performance to silence all the critics – there were too many fluffed volleys and overhit ground strokes – but there were several flashes of the old Federer in an enthralling 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 win, including a couple of delightful drop shots.

 

"I thought I played well the whole match," Federer said. "I had a tough moment staring at one set down and breakpoint in the second set. But I hung tough." Federer said he regards Andy Murray, who went out in the quarter-finals, as the main threat in New York, alongside Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Even a couple of days ago, that might have seemed presumptuous from the former world No1. "The top four have the best shot again," he said. "Murray has proven himself on the hard courts, so has Djokovic and so has Rafa. He's won the Australian Open. The US Open is a bit faster, so you figure Rafa will struggle a bit more. But, if the draw goes his way, he'll be in the finals and have a crack at the title. He knows how to win slams. He's won all the other ones. "Many guys are playing well. Murray didn't win a tournament for a long time, and he's been able to win Toronto again. That definitely makes him one of the favourites."

 
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24.08.2010 | 09:57
GO ON ROGER!!!!!!!!!
24.08.2010 | 09:40
Many, many congratulations, Roger, on a fantastic win. It is wonderful to see you winning trophies once again. Hope this gives you lots of confidence going into the USO. Good luck!!!!
24.08.2010 | 09:11
Great Roger
24.08.2010 | 08:20
Roger, you provd once again that u r the bst of lot... u r the true champ.... God bless u... stil hv a great futur ahead....
24.08.2010 | 08:16
Our boy, the only thing missing here is some thousand other papers, letters, comments, talking on your greatness. Pink is beautiful. Marvelous 2 weeks, Roger. Congratulations, thanks, and onwards to the title in Flushing Meadows. God bless you, Roger.
24.08.2010 | 08:15
Roger good luck....you know you can win US open....just relax and its all about your mind.....<3
24.08.2010 | 08:14
Congrats Roger.
Best of luck for the US Open.
24.08.2010 | 08:04
Dearest Rog,
U r d spot on favourite 2 get d coveted US Open title! U r in really good form n I'm very positive tht u wd come out all guns blazing at Flushing Meadows!

All d very best 4 d Open!

XOXOXOX

Love,
M
24.08.2010 | 08:01
24.08.2010 | 07:54
definitely,your'e a MAN to beat in USO..
nobody can STOP roger federer!!!

goodluck next week

knoll