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Japan Open - web review

09.10.2006 | Tennis

Federer outguns Henman (Peninsula on-line Qatar)


Reigning world number one Roger Federer showed Tim Henman no mercy yesterday, taking apart the Briton’s serve-and-volley game to win the men’s singles title at the Japan Open in straight sets.

The 25-year-old Swiss top seed, playing his 13th final in 14 events this season, notched an easy 6-3, 6-3 victory over Henman, a surprise finalist making his first appearance in Tokyo in eight years.

“It was excellent, of course, I’m reayy happy with this tournament. It’s been a great season so far,” Federer said.




Federer sails past Henman (Gulf Daily News)


Former British number one Tim Henman enjoyed a "fantastic week" despite losing to world number one Roger Federer in the Japan Open tennis tournament yesterday.The 32-year-old Briton failed to capitalise on his serve-and-volley game, crashing to a 6-3, 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Swiss top seed.

The scoreline was a repeat of Henman's 6-3, 6-3 loss to Federer in his last appearance in an ATP final at Indian Wells in March 2004.

"It was very windy and swirling on the court, but I still tried to play the way that I wanted to do, getting forward," Henman said after the 67-minute match.

"But he (Federer) has an ability to hit passing shots so well and consistently. It makes it so difficult to play against. At times I felt like I was playing some great tennis and he still ends up winning the point."




Awesome Federer wins Japan Open (Turkish Daily News)


World number one Roger Federer overpowered Britain's Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3 with ruthless efficiency to win the Japan Open on Sunday, his ninth title of the year. The stylish Swiss needed just 67 minutes to see off close friend Henman, forcing the 10th seed into a wild forehand on his third match point after a devastating performance in Tokyo.

 "I beat Tim at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year but I thought this might be the most dangerous one," a jubilant Federer told reporters after his sixth straight victory over Henman.

"It's over three sets and the surface is fast. It was fantastic. I had to come up with some great passing shots at the right time."




Federer wears first Japan Open crown (Ohio.com)


Top-ranked Roger Federer coasted to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Britain's Tim Henman on Sunday to capture his first Japan Open title in Tokyo. Federer took control early, taking advantage of a double fault to break the 10th-seeded Henman and go ahead 4-2 before closing out the first set with an ace.

"It's been a great year so far," Federer said. "To come here for the first time and win this tournament is a great feeling. I hope to come back next year and defend the title."

Federer, playing in his first tournament since winning last month's U.S. Open, broke Henman again to take a 2-1 lead in the second set and never seriously was challenged from then on.




Henman is powerless to halt Federer's progression (Scotsman)


TIM Henman has warned that Roger Federer will only get better after the world No 1 wrenched the Japan Open title from the Briton's grasp.

The 25-year-old Swiss was simply too strong for Henman, taking just 67 minutes to sweep him aside 6-3, 6-3 in Tokyo yesterday to lift his 42nd career title.

Henman, who served three double faults in the sixth game of the first set to hand his opponent the advantage, never recovered. And, although he will take many positives out of his performances in the tournament, he admitted Federer was just too good on the day.

The 32-year-old told his official website, www.timhenman.org: "I am not the first guy to lose to Roger and I will not be the last.

"Roger was too strong for me today and he is a phenomenal player - there are very few that can live with him on any surface other than clay at the moment.




Federer captures 1st Japan Open crown (CBC Sports)


Roger Federer of Switzerland powered to his ninth title of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 domination of Tim Henman on Sunday to win the $765,000 Japan Open for the first time.

The victory at the tennis championship in Tokyo moved the top-ranked Federer to 7-6 all-time against the 10th-seeded Henman and was his sixth consecutive win against his British foe.

Federer picked up his 42nd championship of his nine-year career and moved to a 48-2 on hard courts this year after going 50-1 in 2005. His overall record this year stands at 77-5.


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10/09/2006 | 03:08 PM
Mission Acomplished!!!
God jof Mr. Federer
I´m a little bit sad you had to beat Tim, but at least it was in the final were you tow belong.
I´ve always like Tim and since a knew you were friends and watching you hanging around in Japan makes me really h
10/09/2006 | 03:05 PM
we love you, Roger)
fabulous win)
By the way what is about Mirka? Is she all right?
Best wishes,
10/09/2006 | 02:54 PM
Nice to see something from Ohio posted!! See we love Roger, and should visit more often. Good luck in Madrid, show them who is #1. Hope you have a great visit woth family and friends before going to Spain. You continue to improve after every game, kee
10/09/2006 | 02:51 PM
Well done Roger,
Hoping to see u play at the Oz open next yr or even at Kooyong
Congrats 2 on breaking your points race record lets go for 1500 or higher
10/09/2006 | 02:34 PM
congrats! really enjoyed reading your blog...
take care of your leg~
10/09/2006 | 02:28 PM
what else to say but Congrats! Roger one wish from me, PLEASE post us more of ur blogs.. it was excellent to be able to keep ion touch wif ur life and happening things around you.. I've been waited for sometime for ur blog.. i saw alot of others during US
10/09/2006 | 02:12 PM
hi Roger...
well done...u just added one more crown in ur vast collection...no doubt why u r called "KING ROGER"...best of luck for other tournaments as well...i guess u r going to win them all unless as roddick once suggested..."hope he gets bored or so
10/09/2006 | 01:36 PM
Roger, many congratulations! You are a legend, really!

Looking forward to seeing you in Melbourne next year!
10/09/2006 | 01:36 PM
Well done, Roger!

Japan really seems to appeal to you! And you, of course, really appeal to the Japanese!

Love from your #1 fan in Vermont
10/09/2006 | 01:33 PM
wow rog!..you really are the best in this sports!..congratulations on your win in Tokyo and congratulations in advance on your next tournament in Madrid.. n_n ..i'm sure you'll win that..
you are a LIVING LEGEND!..go roger!.. n_n
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