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11.09.2006 | Tennis

Federer already closing in on Sampras (foxsports.com)


Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in four sets to win his third straight U.S. Open title. Hear from Federer after his ninth career Grand Slam. What did Woods like the most about the nearly invincible Swiss?


"His attitude," Woods said. That's short for unflappable.


With his 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Andy Roddick in the final of the U.S. Open, Federer won his ninth Grand Slam title and put five legends in the rear view mirror: Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. He's all alone with nine majors and is now sixth on the all-time list, behind Bill Tilden (10), Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11), Roy Emerson (12) and Pete Sampras (14). But at the age of 25, he's on a faster pace than Sampras. Like Woods, he's already looking like the best ever. If he stays healthy, that thought might turn definitive in five years time.





IMPRESSIVE FEAT (Home News Tribune)


If there were any question whether Roger Federer was the greatest tennis player of his generation, no one at the U.S. Open men's final needed to look any further than his player box.

There, stashed indiscreetly in the front row, was Tiger Woods.

Andy Roddick couldn't help but notice that, at his native Slam, the All-American icon was rooting for the other guy. Roddick, seeded ninth here, volleyed with panache, but yesterday's 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 decision in Federer's favor seemed nothing short of ordained.

When Federer finally won the silver trophy on his second match point, he fell onto his back in the blue court and looked up into the lights of the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

"I deserved to lie down, kind of give myself a break," said Federer, laughing after the match. "From standing up, sitting down and everything, I just thought lying down would be more comfortable. Thank God I didn't injure myself."





Federer in a Class by Himself (New York Times)


It was a final evening to remember at the United States Open, with camera flashes going off in the stands like strobe lights, with Tiger Woods flashing his grin in Roger Federer’s box and with Federer dropping to his knees with delight onto the court that has been his private domain for the last three years.


But as Federer lay briefly and exultantly on his back, staring up at the night sky with his 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Andy Roddick complete, it was hard to keep the mind from drifting to another match Federer played this year.

It was in Paris in June in the French Open final and, in the end, that loss to Rafael Nadal on the crushed red brick at Roland Garros was all that separated Federer from a Grand Slam and an even bigger place in the game’s archives.

For now and perhaps quite a bit longer, Federer will have to settle for coming as close as possible to the ultimate achievement in tennis. He was 27-1 in the four Grand Slam events this season, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the United States Open.





Federer owns another Open (New York Daily News)


Tiger and Mrs. Woods had a front row seat at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday. Across two and a half hours, they had the privilege of seeing a man in a headband not so much play tennis as jazz inside a blue rectangle. They saw him riff and improvise, slice and spin, hit with precision and power, sometimes all on the same point.

They saw No. 1 Roger Federer - Woods' fellow IMG client and fellow athletic marvel - capture his ninth Grand Slam championship, his third of the year and his third straight at the U.S. Open, a feat that came at the expense of ninth-seeded Andy Roddick.

The 24-year-old Roddick came in with a recharged game and 19 wins in his last 20 matches. He was hoping to score his second Open title and battled hard in front of a packed, partisan house, but he wound up watching Federer turn another Slam final into an exquisite piece of sports art, the canvas finishing at 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

"There's never a guarantee (about how) you feel in a moment like this, especially against an American in the U.S. Open," Federer said. "It's so hard. So I'm really, really happy with how it went."





Federer blasts Roddick to win 9th major (The Globe and Mail)


If Tiger Woods performed as well in the clutch with Roger Federer watching him as Federer did yesterday with the great golfer looking on during the U.S. Open final, he would surely be pleased.

With Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegin, seated in the front row of the courtside seats beside Federer's girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, the Swiss sensation raised his game at five-all in the third set of a dead-even match to convincingly defeat Andy Roddick, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Woods and Federer (both Nike clients), probably the most famous individual-sports athletes in the world, have admired each other from afar, but had not met until yesterday. They had a 20-minute conversation before the match.


It certainly seemed to inspire Federer, as he sprinted to 5-0 lead in the opening set. He did likewise in the fourth set, but, in between, appeared unusually vulnerable, particularly when resurgent Roddick led love-40 on his serve at 2-2 in the third set.

But Federer, starting with an ace, saved the three break points and then another before finally holding serve.

The highly entertaining drama continued until Roddick served at 5-6 and was broken on five points.

In the fourth set, Federer elevated his game, much as he had in similar circumstances a year ago against Andre Agassi, and put on a display of exquisite shotmaking.




Federer shows Woods his greatness (Boston Herald)


There might be one athlete in the world who knows exactly how Roger Federer feels as he dominates his peers and gobbles up Grand Slams, so it was fitting that Tiger Woods was sitting in his guest box yesterday for the U.S. Open final.


Federer met Woods for the first time beforehand, then apparently set out to impress the golfer, controlling every facet of play in a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Andy Roddick for a third major championship this year, ninth of his career.

“More and more often in the last year or so, I’ve been kind of compared to Tiger so I asked him how it was for him,” Federer said. “Many things were similar. He knew exactly how I felt out on the court, how it feels to be invincible at times.”




Federer elite with U.S. Open three-peat (Allentown Morning Call)


This U.S. Open was all about the greats of the game, from Andre Agassi's tearful farewell, to the renaming of the site to honor Billie Jean King, to Martina Navratilova's this-time-she-means-it retirement.

It was only fitting, then, that the tournament's final point was won by Roger Federer.

After all, by beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Sunday for a third consecutive championship at Flushing Meadows, Federer took another step toward being regarded as the best tennis player in history.

With his new pal Tiger Woods sitting in the front row, Federer won his third Grand Slam title of the year and the ninth of his career, moving closer to Pete Sampras' record of 14.

After the match, Federer and Woods cracked open two bottles of Dom Perignon in the locker room.

"I'm shocked myself how well it's been going the last three, four years," Federer said, "being not only compared to former great tennis players, but now especially also other great athletes all over sports. It's just really nice."

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09/12/2006 | 03:17 AM
09/12/2006 | 03:15 AM
again, congrats roger on ur 9th major title...

i really don't know why they had to squeeze in the french open loss, because u got 3 out of 4 and u are vastly improving on clay court...

anyways, no one can deter my happiness on ur win. u deserve ever
09/12/2006 | 03:10 AM
You are the best Roger and we hope to see more of this next year. Congrats :D
09/12/2006 | 02:29 AM
roger federer is -- equal parts balanced individual & gifted athlete.

suffice to say you are inspiring & changing many thousands of lives all around you, & more so than any politician! your parents also must've done something right. we appreciate your
09/12/2006 | 01:26 AM
congrats roger!
i thought the first and last set you played were just unbelievable..i woke up at 1.30 in the morning just to see the replay of those sets. simply beautiful
love mira
09/12/2006 | 12:39 AM
You are the best!!! Congratulations!!

09/12/2006 | 12:17 AM
I have to say, I was a little concerned, seeing as though you had a little bit of a rough time closing out Blake. But that's understandable, since both him and Andy have been steadily improving...you just needed to readjust a little. One key shot: the s
09/11/2006 | 11:55 PM
Roger, Wonderful as usual! There are so many things that set you apart: Your tennis is artistry. You have command of all the strokes and play tennis with an unparalleled flair. It's wonderful to watch you in flight, using ALL your shotmaking skills!
09/11/2006 | 11:27 PM
Congratulations! Roger Banzai!!!
09/11/2006 | 11:24 PM
You're an Emperor! The world belongs to you.

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