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11.01.2011 | Starseite 1, Tennis

Federer begins year on high note (The Province)


World No. 2 Roger Federer began his season in formidable fashion by beating Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to win the Qatar Open on Saturday. Federer did not drop a set throughout the tournament, and is looking good heading into the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 17. "I'm very happy to kick off the season today this way," Federer said. "I think I played an amazing match ... it will give me a lot of confidence for the remainder of the season."



'Flawless' Roger Federer sends ominous warning to Rafael Nadal (Herald Sun)


Roger Federer has sent a warning to his rivals ahead of his Australian Open defence, starting next week. Opening the new season as he ended the last, the Swiss master declared himself "almost flawless" after winning his third Qatar Open in Doha yesterday. The world No. 2 wrested the Qatar title back from the defending champion, Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3 6-4 to earn his 67th crown. Federer will practise on Rod Laver Arena this week before seeking a record 17th major singles success. "It is important to do well here," Federer said after dispensing with Davydenko in Doha. "I'm not just using this to get ready for the Australian Open. "When he's on, he's easily top 10 if not top 5 potentially, and that's why this is obviously a huge win, because I thought he was playing well. I thought the level of play was extremely high. I was very happy with it from my side. I was almost flawless and I was able to play offensive when I needed to and, when I wanted to, it all worked out.So I'm really pleased with such a great final."


Federer king for third time in Qatar (Gulf Times)


Roger Federer became the first man to win three titles in Doha when he outclassed Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. “ Yeah, I think this is the best I have played against Davydenko. I mean, look, I think his serve has very much improved over the years and he’s become so solid and so, how do you say, just accurate with his shots over the years,” said Federer who noted that the Russian had won several titles. The authoritative victory also puts Federer in an excellent frame of mind to defend his title at the Australia Open in a week’s time. “I mean, people almost put too much of an emphasis that it’s purely a preparation tournament, and I don’t like to see it that way, because regardless of how I go here, I still have a week in Melbourne where I’ll prepare for the Australian Open. That’s preparation week for me. It was important to do well here. I’m not just only using this to get ready for the Australian Open. This is a pleasure coming to this part of the world where I actually do spend quite a bit of time, and I’ve always had, you know, good friends here in Qatar. I love playing here, been successful here in the past. That’s the reason why I come here, not because of the Australian Open really.”

 
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01/12/2011 | 04:47 PM
MASSIVE (and belated) congratulations Roger. I just never tire of seeing you win anything - in fact, I think it gets better and better!!!

Crikey I can't wait for you to storm the Ozie Open, I'll be watching.

And thanks for helping out the Australians - I was just saying to someone last night, "Roger will be doing something about that sharpish".

Tu es trop cool:)
xx
Myriam
01/12/2011 | 03:33 PM
Roger,

You really showed your sublime tennis at Doha.
I'm looking forward to your success at Melbourne and beyond.
May 2011 be the greatest year!

Love froever,
takeko
01/12/2011 | 03:04 PM
Dear Roger: I was sure you will plan a tennis exhibition for australian floods victims in order to help raise some funds for the people of Queensland
You are such a great person, Roger!!!! Congratulations and good luck!!!
And, of course: all, all the best for Australian Open. Fight hard and make it yours!! We are with you!!!!
01/12/2011 | 02:39 PM
Well done Maestro Roger, great tournament, I enjoyed it all, especially the final. Best of luck at the Australian Open, all love
01/12/2011 | 02:09 PM
I know you are not just the greatest athlet you are also the greatest soul.You are truly the BEST. I'll see you in Miami this year. Love!
01/12/2011 | 12:52 PM
GO ROGER!!
Good luck with AO!!!
01/12/2011 | 12:08 PM
My dear Roger,
I read what you're going to do for Australian people affected by floods...it's really commendable!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
I love you more and more....
01/12/2011 | 11:59 AM
CooL Roger
i love you
xxx
01/12/2011 | 10:37 AM
I've just seen the news about doing something this Sunday for the floods in Queensland - your immediate response to this tragedy is only what we have come to expect from a man whose grace on the tennis court is matched by his grace in person. Love you. W
01/12/2011 | 10:28 AM
Dear Roger
I'm looking forward to AO and hope your wonderful play, your creativeness, your magical shots will win over the brutal strength of some opponents, who are so favoured by the media as we all can see, unfortunately!
Please keep your high level play and there is nobody who can beat you! For sure.
I wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger
Go, Roger, goooooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
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