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15.08.2006 | Tennis

Tough win shows why Federer No. 1 (canada.com)

Roger Federer revealed more of his greatness by not being great.

From the start of the Rogers Cup to the end, Federer's iron grip on his game progressively loosened, to the point that in yesterday's final against fearless young Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the world's greatest player was practically moaning to himself after several easy, errant shots. For the perpetually unruffled Federer, it was the equivalent of shrieks of frustration.

Of course, he also won, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, in one hour and 47 minutes. It was the final stage of a surprisingly difficult climb.

 

 

Federer Comes From Behind (The St. Petersburg Times)

Roger Federer actually appeared fallible as he blinked into the afternoon sun. But that was on the court and not in his mind.

Richard Gasquet, an up-and-coming 20-year-old from France, revealed Federer’s rust each time he whipped a backhand passing shot by him in the first set of the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Federer, playing his first tournament since winning his fourth Wimbledon title in July, seemed unsettled enough to give others hope on hardcourts this summer.

But after losing the first set, Federer sharpened his focus and ground strokes and won, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. He came back from 0-40 to hold serve in the opening game of the second set, and from there slammed Gasquet’s opportunity shut.

 

 

I’m a fighter: Federer (7 Days, United Arab Emirates)

ROGER FEDERER is beginning to think what many people already believe - that he is becoming unstoppable. The world number one has only lost four times this year - all to Rafael Nadal. Three of those have been on clay and the other defeat was in here Dubai to the tenacious young Spaniard. The Swiss star got his revenge by nailing Nadal in the Wimbledon final.

And since then he has looked unbeatable as the American hardcourt season has swung into action. On Sunday, he survived a rare wobble, battling back from a set down to beat Richard Gasquet in the final of the Toronto Masters. And he says he now has a belief that he can turn any match around, no matter how far behind he might be.

In Toronto, gutsy Gasquet claimed the first set 6-2, but Federer turned the match on its head to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and extend his unbeaten run on North American hardcourts to 54 matches. “I couldn’t find my rhythm and he (Gasquet) played very well,” said Federer. “I just always believe that I can turn any match around. That’s what happened. I knew that once I turned it around, once I took the lead, then it would be very difficult for my opponent. That’s what I always tell myself. Maybe it’s an illusion sometimes, but it definitely works for me.”

 

 

Federer’s win matches Sampras’ record (The Peninsula, Qatar)

World number one Roger Federer captured his seventh title of the season, rallying to beat France’s Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 yesterday in the final of the $2.45m Toronto Masters.

The Swiss superstar was pushed to three sets in his three prior matches but reached his 17th consecutive final, one shy of Ivan Lendl’s ATP record.

“I just always do believe that I can turn any match around. That’s what happened today. I know that once I turn it around, once I would take the lead, then it would be very difficult for my opponent.

 

 

Forty and just getting started (Mumbai Mirror, India)

World number one Roger Federer overcame a rocky start to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 2-6 6-3 6-2 in the final of the Toronto Masters on Sunday. The Swiss, playing his first tournament since beating Rafael Nadal to lift a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, claimed his seventh title this year and the 40th of his career.

Gasquet, one of just four players to beat Federer in the last two years, looked set to pull off an upset as he swept through the opening set. The world number one, however, showed his pedigree as he hit back to take his second Toronto Masters in three years and extend his winning streak on the North American hard courts to 54 matches.

 

 

Federer rallies to win 40th crown (Hindu, India)

Roger Federer won his second Rogers Cup in three years when he overcame a rocky start to beat Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Toronto Masters on Sunday.

The Swiss, playing his first tournament since beating Rafael Nadal to lift a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, claimed his seventh title this year and the 40th of his career.

 

 

Tennis: It’s Roger’s Cup

TORONTO: World No 1 Roger Federer captured his seventh title of the season, rallying to beat France’s Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the final of the US$2.45 million (RM9 million) Toronto Masters. The Swiss superstar was pushed to three sets in his three prior matches but reached his 17th consecutive final.

"I couldn’t find my rhythm and he played very well," Federer said.

 
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08/16/2006 | 12:29 AM
Roger Federer: a tennis legend!

You are amazing Roger! Look at all these people in all these countries that reconize you! I am totally amazed at your accomplishments hun! Great Job!

Orissa
08/16/2006 | 12:29 AM
that's the nice thing... you may have not played ur best tennis in the court, but u always find the will to win. that's even more enthralling. the fact that you can turn around the situation and show us why u're number one: it's the way u overcome any adv
08/16/2006 | 12:15 AM
Dearest Roger,

I wish you all the luck in the world against Srichaphan.

Love,

Sadhana
08/15/2006 | 11:24 PM
Good luck in Cincy against Srichaphan! I know you'll do well.

God bless you,
Joreen :-D
08/15/2006 | 11:21 PM
I've always firmly believed in your abilities, Roger, and up until the VERY last point of every single match in which you lost to Nadal and to any other opponent who's beaten you, I was always confident that you'd turn it around and win yet again. Someti
08/15/2006 | 10:54 PM
I am very happy that good and correct quotes were posted this time.

This is Roger's cup indeed. I loved that one and I think he liked it too. I also liked the quote" Tough win shows why Federer #1., Roger Federer revealed more of his greatness by not b
08/15/2006 | 10:36 PM
I am very happy that good and correct quotes were chosen this time.

This was Roger's cup indeed. I loved that one and I think Roger liked it too. I also liked the quote " Tough win shows why Federer #1, Roger Federer revealed more of his greatness by
08/15/2006 | 10:29 PM
Great articles.
All the best in yr matches this American summer !
Blessings!
08/15/2006 | 10:00 PM
Rôger 8th the King! The media is not venerating you as it should do! It should compare you with the former Kings of France! Rôger 8th reminds me Louis, Louis 14th. You know why? Because he has known as le roi-soleil!!!
Vive Rôger, le roi-soleil!
08/15/2006 | 09:51 PM
Good work at the Roger's Cup. It wasn't ur greatest but u made it. I rarely see u lose the first set(and then have a bad second start), but then again u are ROGER FEDERER, you'll find a way. I hope u don't slip n fall again, i got worried that time. I ho
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