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Third Title in Hamburg!

11.05.2005 | Tennis

Roger wiped out the memory of the defeat a few weeks ago when he retained his Hamburg Masters title with a comprehensive 6-3 7-5 7-6 victory over French teenager Richard Gasquet today. Roger's win avenged his loss to the 18-year-old Gasquet in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters last month, one of only two setbacks Roger has suffered in his last 59 matches. Roger was never quite at his best in the final but Gasquet, ranked 56, failed to convert his break points when they came as Federer secured his 19th consecutive victory in an ATP final. Roger missed last week's Rome Masters with strained foot ligaments and he needed to adjust the strapping on his left foot before the start of set three. The win, wrapped up 7-4 in the third-set tiebreak, completed a highly satisfactory warm-up for Roger a week before he bids to win the French Open claycourt grand slam for the first time. It is Roger's third title in Hamburg in the last four years.


Roger has reached the final of the Hamburg Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russian Nikolay Davydenko! The defending champion lost the first two games and saved break points to avoid going 3-0 down at the Rothenbaum before rousing himself to outplay the world number 20 with a beguiling mix of fierce groundstrokes and deft drop shots. "I was able to turn it around, but I didn't feel right in the beginning. I can't explain. He took advantage of that, then I started to use my all-round game to destabilize him", he said after the match. In the final Roger will play Richard Gasquet, the French teen-ager who upset him in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals last month. Gasquet thrashed Belgian Christophe Rochus 6-1 6-1 to reach his second ATP Tour final.


Roger swept through to the Hamburg Masters semi-finals with a resilient 6-4, 7-6 victory over Argentina's Guillermo Coria. Roger was a break down in both sets and behind in the tiebreak but recovered to quell the Argentine 10th seed and set up a semi-final against Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Roger has now won 39 of his 41 matches this year and together with in-form Spanish teen-ager Rafael Nadal is the favorite for the French Open crown. As the only one of the top 10 seeds left at Hamburg, he is also an overwhelming favorite to win his third Rothenbaum title in four years.


Roger moved closer to his sixth title of this year on Thursday, beating Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Masters. Now at 38-2 for the year, Roger will next meet Coria in a repeat of last year's final. As the defending Hamburg champion, Roger ended the match with a volley winner, finishing with 21 winners to only five for the 14th-seeded Robredo. "I always felt I was in control, I always felt I could vary my game, come to the net when I needed," Roger said.


Roger exacted the revenge he has waited nine months to get when he atoned for one of the most surprising defeats of recent times to reach the third round of the Hamburg Masters Series.Roger had been touted as one of the all-time greats on arrival in Athens and yet was beaten in straight sets by the little known Tomas Berdych in the second round of the Olympic Games.Now however he overcame the Czech 6-2, 6-1 in only 54 minutes to reach the last 16 in defence of his Hamburg title. "It was a good match and from the start I felt good," Roger said.Roger will face Tommy Robredo in the next round. Robredo, the number 14 seed, stood in the semi final in Hamburg in 2002 and has not won any of the five encounters with Roger so far.

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