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Indian Wells: web review

20.03.2006 | Tennis

Federer takes it to the bank (Boston Globe)

But Blake makes a big statement

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Some Americans open Swiss bank accounts. A Swiss named Roger Federer ought to return the favor by banking in the United States, where, as he states, ''I've had a lot of success here over the last two years." For 20 minutes yesterday it appeared Federer might bounce like a bad check off the fast lane of his success highway. Unfortunately for American James Blake -- the sensation of the Pacific Life Open -- that passage occurred at the beginning, the waning minutes of a sunny morning, not at lunchtime, when Federer sated his voracious appetite for victory.



Federer wins his third Pacific Life Open in a row (San Jose Mercury News)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The titles and matches are piling up so fast, no one seems able to keep track. No one except the man who owns them all. Roger Federer collected his 36th career title Sunday, his third consecutive Pacific Life Open tournament, and won his 177th match since August 2004. Yet when it was brought up that the Swiss player has not lost back- to-back finals, Federer quickly corrected the assertion. "Are you sure? Didn't I lose in the first two finals (of his career)?" he asked. Who can remember?



Not Even Inspirational Blake Can Overcome Federer (Los Angeles Times)

There will be lots of superlatives in this story. There is no choice. It is about Roger Federer. The news is that he won his third straight men's singles title Sunday at the Pacific Life Open, a tournament of major importance in the world of tennis that just happens to take place close enough to Los Angeles to create lots of traffic on the freeways to the desert for a couple of weeks in March.

OK, so Federer winning isn't exactly news. If he hadn't won, if James Blake had done the unthinkable and beaten him in the final, now that would be news.



Phenomenal Federer bleeds hope from Blake (Times Online)

VITAS GERULAITIS, on breaking a 16-match losing streak to Bjorn Borg in the late 1970s, uttered the immortal line: “Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.” Nobody beats Roger Federer in successive finals, either, something the illusionists were contemplating 20 minutes into the breathtaking conclusion of the Pacific Life Open yesterday.



Even Federer impressed by his play in final (Malaysia Star)

The Swiss star stumbled early, then came roaring back for a 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 victory Sunday over James Blake and win the Pacific Life Open for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Blake broke Federer's serve twice to take a 4-1 lead in the first set, but then Federer began taking over the match _ just as he is dominating the ATP Tour these days. "He really got the better of me in the beginning, so I had to react and not panic. I did a good job there,'' the genial Federer said, speaking with candor but no arrogance.



Federer bounces back after Dubai loss (Ashbury Park Press)

Sputtered at the start, then rolled to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 victory over James Blake on Sunday for his third consecutive Pacific Life Open title in Indian Wells, Calif. Federer won for the 25th time in his 36 tournaments dating to the start of 2004. He is 22-1 this year and his three titles include the Australian Open, his seventh Grand Slam championship. On Sunday, facing a much-improved player trying to win his third title of the year, he was broken twice to fall behind 4-1 in the opening set. Blake banged early winners but was soon knocked off his rhythm. Federer broke back in the sixth game and held serve in the seventh. Then Blake held in the next to go up 5-3. Federer won his serve in the ninth. Then Blake, serving for the set, was at deuce when he double-faulted two times in a row to make it 5-5. The rest of the match essentially was all Federer.



Federer totals 112 consecutive weeks as No.1 (Zee News)  

Indian Wells, Mar 20: After Blake bullied him with huge groundstrokes and crisp volleys early on, Federer adeptly mixed up his shots, played stellar defence and turned to the attack when given the chance.

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03/21/2006 | 01:31 AM
Roger the great.

Cool, calm and collected in spirit and humble and loving in nature.

You're the best and your best tennis is ahead of you. I'm glad to witness your magic time and again.
03/20/2006 | 11:00 PM
a quiet sportsman
a giant example
good luck to you Roger
03/20/2006 | 10:40 PM
Well done, Roger!
Good luck in Miami and stay health!
03/20/2006 | 08:22 PM
Every one is talking about the best... ROGER, you move the world!!!!!!!!!!!
03/20/2006 | 08:12 PM
Nice, nice! It may seem not a big deal for some if Roger wins but for me (and I'm sure all other RF fans) it brings great joy and pride to see his talent soaring to great heights everytime he wins the finals of any tournament. Just a beauty to watch!

03/20/2006 | 06:21 PM
Congratulations Roger

keep going and good luck
03/20/2006 | 05:16 PM
Congratulations for your fantastic match and victory at the Pacific Life!!! you deserve it!!!!
03/20/2006 | 04:56 PM
Roger, it was so amazing watching you live at Indian Wells. Congratulations on an incredible win! Good luck in Miami!
03/20/2006 | 03:59 PM
Hi Roger;-),

You have played a great way, keep it up :-)

Good luck in the Nasdaq-100 Open. Keep on playing.


03/20/2006 | 03:49 PM
This one is for the team....Great Job with the web reviews...I think its a great idea and as a fan its nice to see a collection all in one place!!

Thanks and look forward to many more of the team's exciting work!
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