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Australian Open: web review

30.01.2006 | Tennis

After Roger's great success Down Under, here is an overview of media articles from the web:

 

 

I'm human too, says Open winner Federer (The Age)

Roger Federer would like everyone to know he is indeed human and that people probably don't realise how close he was to losing the Australian Open final to Cypriot sensation Marcos Baghdatis.

 

 

Federer leaving no stone unturned for French Open (Reuters UK)

Roger Federer is leaving nothing to chance in his bid to win the French Open and complete his own version of the grand slam. Federer's victory over Marcos Baghdatis in Sunday's Australian Open final gave the Swiss master his seventh grand slam singles title and put him on course for a shot at the "Roger Slam."

 

 

Federer delivers Slam (The London Free Press)

[or] Still perfect (Daily News)

[or] Beat him 'n' weep (Calgary Sun)

[or] Stellar Federer slams another (Akron Beacon Journal)

[or] For Federer, his only loss is for words (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Always in control on the court, Roger Federer was overcome with emotion while accepting his Australian Open trophy from one of the few people he's still trying to match. The top-ranked Federer fulfilled overwhelming expectations by beating unlikely Greek finalist Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 in yesterday's final to claim his seventh Grand Slam title and third in succession.

 

 

Swiss Slam (Globe and Mail)

To his evolving legend, sublime tennis player Roger Federer can add blubbering grown man. The Swiss was so overcome after defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 in the Australian Open final yesterday that he could not speak for several moments at the trophy ceremony.

 

 

One down, three to go for the Slam (KansasCity.com)

The only sure things in life are death, taxes — and Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final. Federer, the No. 1 seed, put an end to Marcos Baghdatis’ Cinderella story with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory Sunday in the Australian Open men’s final in Melbourne, Australia. It was the seventh Grand Slam title for Federer, who has never lost a Slam final. At 24, Federer is halfway to Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 Grand Slam titles. Sampras also was 24 when he won his seventh title.

 

 

Federer eyes Paris through tears (rediff.com)

World number one Roger Federer had hardly wiped away the tears after winning his second Australian Open before he turned his attention to Paris.

Federer was an emotional wreck when he received the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup from Rod Laver in the stadium named after the great Australian following a 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 win over unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in Sunday's final. Laver was the last man to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously and now Federer has the chance to emulate him.

 

 

Federer so emotional after final fightback (icliverpool.com)

ROGER FEDERER broke down in tears after winning his seventh grand slam title in the Australian Open.

The Swiss star was overcome with emotion after powering back from a set down to beat unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in Melbourne.

 

 

Federer ends Baghdatis's magic-carpet ride (The Hindu)

A tearful Roger Federer claimed his seventh Grand Slam title on Sunday, overcoming an early challenge from unseeded Marcos Baghdatis to win the Australian Open 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2. Federer's experience under pressure showed as the top-ranked Swiss star stepped up his game and won 11 straight games from 5-5 in the second set. The 24-year-old Federer won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles last year. He will try to win his fourth straight major later this year on clay at the French Open — the only Grand Slam event he has never won.

 

 

Record May Be a Slam Dunk (LA Times)

Federer's Australian Open win is his seventh major title, the same number Sampras had at age 24 and halfway to the all-time mark.

This was, after all, Rod Laver's house, and the beloved man himself was on hand to present the trophy to the 2006 Australian Open champion, Roger Federer of Switzerland, a symbolic moment between a legend and one poised on deck. That combination helped make Federer's teardrops explode. here is something about the mere presence of Laver, winner of two calendar-year Grand Slams and 11 Slam tournaments overall, that can render even the most accomplished player speechless — and the relief Federer showed Sunday after defeating unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2, in 2 hours 47 minutes turned into not only a loss of words but a torrent of tears on the podium and a couple of hugs with Laver.

 

 

FEDERER: I MADE IT HARD FOR MYSELF (sportinglife.com)

Roger Federer admitted he had been far from his best after securing his seventh grand slam title in the Australian Open. Federer was a set and a break down to unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis before fighting back to win 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2 in Melbourne. The world number one, who saved two break points to avoid going 3-0 down in the second set, is now halfway to matching Pete Sampras' record of 14 grand slam titles.

 

 
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01/30/2006 | 04:07 PM
What a great gift for my Chinese New Year celebration!!! I watched your match at 3:30 am at New Year Day. Thank you Roger !!!
01/30/2006 | 04:03 PM
29th January is my birthday and also it's your day. Your victory is a memorable and meaningful present to me. Thanks very much Roger!!!
01/30/2006 | 03:48 PM
yahoooooooo you won.....
congrats.....on your 7th slam
i wish you the best of luck.....
01/30/2006 | 03:33 PM
Go Federer!!
01/30/2006 | 03:30 PM
hi roger,congrats. i was really moved when ur tears of joy trickled down ur cheeks.all the best for french open too.we,as ur fans in india will be cheering for u forever ......and ever.....and ever..........
with love ,meryl
01/30/2006 | 03:27 PM
Hey Roger;),

I admire you so much for the moment you were just crying. That's normal, it's the way of life. I think if I was you, I'll do it too.
You had a lot of feelings and the same time you were so happy to know: "I just did it!"

That's great.
01/30/2006 | 03:27 PM
It was great!!! Conglarulations!!! And thank you very much for this gorgeous tennis!!!
01/30/2006 | 03:26 PM
hi roger,congrats. i was really moved when ur tears of joy trickled down ur cheeks.all the best for french open too.we,as ur fans in india will be cheering for u forever ......and ever.....and ever..........
with love ,meryl
01/30/2006 | 03:26 PM
hi roger,congrats. i was really moved when ur tears of joy trickled down ur cheeks.all the best for french open too.we,as ur fans in india will be cheering for u forever ......and ever.....and ever..........
with love ,meryl
01/30/2006 | 03:25 PM
Hey Roger;),

I admire you so much for the moment you were just crying. That's normal, it's the way of life. I think if I was you, I'll do it too.
You had a lot of feelings and the same time you were so happy to know: "I just did it!"

That's great.