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Indian Wells Title!

20.03.2005 | Tennis

Roger has done it – he produced another dominant display to crush Australia's world No.2 Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Pacific Life Open today. In a coolly efficient and often spectacular dismantling of the Australian, Roger never allowed Hewitt into the contest, controlling his opponent from both the backcourt and at the net. "My game has a lot to do with footwork," Roger said. "When I'm moving well, I play well. This week I've played and felt fantastic." Hewitt, taking quite some risk with his game, registered 31 unforced errors, the same as Roger, but the latter nailed 41 winners to only 18 from the Australian. Roger did not drop a set during the tournament and leaves the event with a 26-1 match record in 2005. It was his 17th straight win in a final, a tour record. Roger has won four titles this year and has now beaten Hewitt seven consecutive times, dropping only two of 20 sets. Way to go, Roger!


Roger rolled over Argentina's Guillermo Canas 6-3 6-1 and has still not dropped a set in the Pacific Life Open. Roger said he had to fight to play well, nevertheless scoring seven aces and 32 winners against the Argentine, who beat Tim Henman in the quarter-finals. Canas was not really a threat to Roger’s series of victories. He matched the level during 30 minutes, coming back from 1:3 down, but then did not manage to hold 4 out of 5 of his own service-games. Roger, on the other had, really had trouble with his serve in the beginning – constantly raising the level towards the end, eventually scoring winner after winner. “I am extremely happy with the way I was able to finish the match. This performance is very promising for the final.” Roger will face Lleyton Hewitt in the final, which will be played at 8.30 p.m. Swiss time.

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