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Phenomenal Roger in Indian Wells

20.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger has became the first player to win three consecutive titles at Indian Wells! He defeated No. 12 James Blake, 7-5, 6-3, 6-0, in Sunday's final. Roger was feeling in an acquisitive mood, having erased a 4-1 first-set deficit.

Roger has not lost a match in the United States since the summer of 2004. "I hope I get the [big] whale," said a smiling Roger, referring to the unique trophy at Indian Wells. He now counts thirty-six titles, seven of them Grand Slams.

"Even though I don't fall on my knees and cry and everything, it still means a lot to me," Roger said. "Sometimes, really, the big satisfaction comes later on, maybe a few months down the road when I go like, 'Wow, I really did well in Indian Wells.' "

The way he pulled Blake around the court, Roger might as well have been at the control of a video game. That particular point came at deuce in the eighth game of the second set, with Blake serving at 3-4. It earned him a break point, his fourth of the game, and Roger finally secured the break with an easy forehand volley.

"I felt very, very confident on the court," Roger said. "At some moments obviously I knew this is almost impossible that I'm going to lose this final."

The way Roger dominated the last two sets, it was hard to imagine he ever had problems winning finals. After his news conference, he revealed it once concerned him because he had done so well in finals when he was playing in juniors. "I thought, 'What's wrong?' Now I'm over that," he said.

The self-confidence about his game settled in long ago. And Blake made sure Roger's other qualities were not overlooked. During the post-match presentations, Blake told the crowd about the time he received a note in 2004 while he was hospitalized in Rome after breaking his neck during practice.

It came from Roger. They didn't know each other particularly well. But Roger acted instinctively and spoke to Mirka about doing something. "I heard it was very serious," Roger said of Blake's injury. "And I just thought, 'Poor guy, I hope he gets better.' I said, 'Mirka, let's get a pen and paper.' "

 
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03/22/2006 | 04:08 AM
Fantastic, I am so proud of you.
It was too emotive Awards videos.
You won 3 Awards, and I think that you are so happy.
I hope that you can feel all our love and support and proud of you.
love Cecilia
03/22/2006 | 01:07 AM
Excellent performance Roger!
No go and get your next big trophy in Miami!
Best wishes
03/22/2006 | 12:46 AM
Well Done Roger!!! All Brazil loves you....
Congratulations!!! Kisses...
03/21/2006 | 10:45 PM
hola soy Angela Roger me parece fantastico aunque he notado que ultimamente no esta dando todo en su juego, lo cual es una lastima por que ese es el deleite que el ofrece...........
Si hay alguien de Colombia (que se que es asi) o mejor de Bogota por fav
03/21/2006 | 10:16 PM
Roger Federer, you are the MAAANNNNNN! You are the mother f***ing MAAANNNNNN! Whoooohooooohoooooooooo
03/21/2006 | 09:06 PM
Roger, you are beyond legendary. Congratulations and good luck in Miami.
03/21/2006 | 08:44 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations!!! You played so well and as always it was a pleasure to watch you.

The Nasdaq starts soon and I wish you all the luck in the world. You equal Sampras's record when you win your first round and surpass it when you win
03/21/2006 | 08:13 PM
Dear Roger,

What a truly phenomonal performance at Indian Wells, which was an extraordinary victory over an opponent who came into the match in great form having beaten Nadal easily in the semi! I think you game was at the very top level in the Qtr fin
03/21/2006 | 05:43 PM
Roger, COngratulations! You are truly amazing! I thought what you did for Blake when you knew He had neck injury was so sweet! You are a true champion. You have a good heart in you. And so long as you have it... you'll be a champion for a very very very l
03/21/2006 | 04:18 PM
Is impressive a normal word for you Rog? Congratulations…We are in spirit and mind all the way behind you, remember that…From Miami to Roland Garros, Wimbledon to the US.
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