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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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01/11/2011 | 08:52 PM
You´re so a nice and so humble!!!!!!!!!!!
That´s why you were, are and always will be the #1 for us!!!
01/11/2011 | 08:48 PM
It's always a fine tribute to hear good, unbiased press: we all appreciate these remarks. Press or not, we, unbiased supporters, acknowledge your superiority, Roger, whatever is written or said. kt
01/11/2011 | 07:58 PM
Nice to read this good comments about you Roger! It's a pleasure to hear this about you and it makes me feel eeven prouder for you.
Good luck at the Australian Open.
01/11/2011 | 07:30 PM
Such a pleasure to watch you play with the style and confidence of the true master you are.
Can't wait to see you lift that trophy in Auss.
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxxxxxx
01/11/2011 | 06:53 PM
Congratulations again on winning your first title in 2011 - off to a great start! USA sportsfans are looking forward to the superbowl - I'm looking forward to seeing SUPERlative tennis in Australia.

Looking forward to seeing you on court soon. You have made tennis an exciting game to watch, because beauty and artistry enhances and raises the spirit.

Rest, relax, and then GO FOR IT in Australia. Remember the millions of fans cheering you on who will not be there.

Blessings always.
01/11/2011 | 05:43 PM
great words written for a great man.....Always love you Roger......you are simply the best ever.....Insha Allah you will win Australian Open....best of luck...
01/11/2011 | 04:49 PM
"Federer Begins in formidable fashion ..."
"Flawless Federer sends an ominous warning"...to Nadal and all ATP players
"Federer king for 3rd time in Qatar "...
Such beautiful music from the press , so well deserved and more !!!

Australia is waiting for you Roger and your superb tennis !:D
The world is holding its breath...
Your 17th GS !~ your 67th victory ! and many more to come...
You're strong and confident, defend your title with glory !!!
We trust you and we love you !
Best of the
01/11/2011 | 04:46 PM
Dear Roger: of course it`s very nice for all of us to read these kind of headlines!! But remember: we, who really love and admire you so, so much, ALWAYS and FOREVER say: SIMPLY.....THE BEST!!!!!!!!
Congratulations Champ!!!! and GO for Australian Open!!!!! Best of luck!!! We´ll be supporting you all the time!!
01/11/2011 | 04:20 PM
Once more, congratulations - You are playing so beautifully that I know you will retain the AO and achieve no.17 - you are the very best in everything you do. Much love to you as always...GO ROGER
01/11/2011 | 03:42 PM
Congratulations once again Roger you are amazing your hunger for the game
is truely sensational.
Good luck for the Australian open I know you will do well as you are playing better and better each time you play go go go Roger love Helen xxxx
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