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Ninth title in 2005

21.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger made his return to the court a triumphant one, defeating Andy Roddick in straight sets to capture the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters title outside Cincinnati. Roger earned a 6-3, 7-5 victory on Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center for his ninth title of 2005 and became the first player to claim four Masters Series wins in a single season. He now has an 18-match winning streak dating back to a French Open semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal.


"I got to get away from these people from the Tour [players, media and photographers]," Roger quipped about his six-week layoff. "It was good to be away, but it's very nice to be back." He improved to 10-1 lifetime against Roddick and has a match record this year of an incredible 64-3. He has won his last 22 singles finals since losing to Jiri Novak in the 2003 Gstaad title match.


In addition, Roger is also 29-1 in ATP Masters Series events this year, with his only loss coming to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo, and he improved to 38-1 on the hardcourts in 2005. His last loss on a hardcourt came back in January when he was defeated by big Russian Marat Safin in the Australian Open semifinals.


It all adds up to Roger heading into the U.S. Open a week from Monday as the overwhelming favorite. Go Roger!

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08/23/2005 | 10:06 PM
Roger! You are amazing!! I look forward to every match you play! You make my day and I'm just very happy for you and your success! I'll be watching you play in NY!!! Actually, I can't physically be there...but i'll send you mental cheers from Pennsylvania
08/23/2005 | 08:55 PM
Dear Roger fans,

There is a pool in CNN website - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/
asking who has the best chance of knocking off Roger Federer at the U.S. Open.
Please go to this site and vote: "You cannot be serious!"


CL from
08/23/2005 | 08:25 PM
Congratulations, Roger!
Good luck for the USopen, you are the best :)
08/23/2005 | 06:39 PM
I forgot to say, Conratulation!!!! Your simply amazing.
08/23/2005 | 06:37 PM
Hi Sir Roger,

I fell asleep and woke up on the 2nd set already in your Cincinnati finals with Roddick but it was well worth it. The sad part is i have been tracking on our local cable sports provider here in the Philippines on who's going to cover the
08/23/2005 | 05:58 PM
Hi Roger ,

I do not know if anybody notice during Gineppri match, the mike went off and a spectator fell down( all 3 times) and they all happened after Gineppri missed the first serve not before and not for Roger .Hm.... coincidences ?? I had a goo
08/23/2005 | 05:19 PM
Way to go Roger! There really isnt anything left to say other than Congrats....again! You are a true inspiration, and the most talented and entertaining tennis player I've ever seen!

08/23/2005 | 12:42 PM
You are GREAT!!!
08/23/2005 | 11:55 AM
too big, too big your nose... OH MY GOD
08/23/2005 | 11:29 AM
i don't have any words for this...
you are just the best!

good luck at the US-OPEN!!
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