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03.04.2006 | Tennis

Federer Challenged, but Coolly Responds (NY Times)

Roger Federer got his racket on a Ivan Ljubicic serve Sunday afternoon and hit a low, angled backhand return that struck the top of the net and landed softly on the other side, beyond Ljubicic's reach. After three tie breakers and nearly three hours, the men's Nasdaq-100 Open final was over, though it could be argued that the outcome was never really in doubt.

 

Federer still king of the court (AP)

Roger Federer's best surface may be U.S. soil. With comebacks in three consecutive tiebreakers Sunday, Federer remained unbeaten in the United States since August 2004, beating Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) to win the Nasdaq-100 Open.

 

Fed delighted by Miami triumph (Sportinglife.com)

Roger Federer was ecstatic after claiming back-to-back ATP Masters Series titles at Indian Wells and Miami. Federer won a hat-trick of tie-breaks to defeat Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets in Sunday's Nasdaq-100 Open final. World number six Ljubicic battled hard to take his opponent to the brink in each set, but Swiss superstar Federer proved too strong at every opportunity.

 

Another week, another title (Cape Argus)

"It was tough today, he made me work very hard," said Federer, who will soon turn his mind to clay and a run at the French Open. "He could have pushed me further if he'd played better on big points in the tiebreaks," added the Swiss. "But he was going for big serves with great variation. He made me work but I expected that - three tiebreaks is the most extreme you can have."

 

Federer wins three tiebreakers to capture Nasdaq title (ESPN.com)

"I never panic," Federer said. "I think that's the key in the end. You've got to believe in your game."

 

Fed express rolls on (sportal.com.au)

The match lasted for nearly three hours, as Federer was pushed to a three-set tiebreak for the first time in his career, triumphing in each one to defend his title.

 
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04/05/2006 | 04:04 AM
Dear Roger,
Time again to pay tribute to THE ONE! Watched you at Pacific Life while playing Haas T-expected a much better match (from him). You were flawless the first set. You came out strong and it looked like you were practicing instead of an actu
04/04/2006 | 07:43 PM
What can I say??? You are a BIG CHAMPION!!! CONGRATULATION!!! Don't forget I LOOOOOOOOOOVEEEE YOU VEEEEERYYY MUCH!!!!!! bye bye ; *
04/04/2006 | 02:09 PM
Congrats Roger!!
04/04/2006 | 01:53 PM
All you have achieved are unbelievable!
We like to see these!
Wish you good luck on the clay!
04/04/2006 | 12:26 PM
The best who ever lived, and his name is: R.Federer.
But I don´t think that he will win roland garros this year. There are to many clay-specialist !!
I saw Nadal playing and he is to good for Roger on clay. Maybe Roger will win it in the next years, but
04/04/2006 | 11:12 AM
Congratulations again "Master",

Truly your most difficult opponent haven't been born.

Go for the french title, GO ROGER!
04/04/2006 | 12:06 AM
congratulations rog!!!
you rule, keep it up.....go now for the french open!!!!!
04/03/2006 | 10:29 PM
THERE IS NOT ADJETIVAL ROGER !!!
YOUR MAKES HISTORY
04/03/2006 | 10:16 PM
great job Roger! I waited four hours last year in cincinnati to get your autograph and everytime I think back, I realize how that was the happiest day of my life
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