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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 | 01:25 PM
Felicitaciones!!, Congratulations, i couldn't watch the game because it wasn't on tv in my country but i bet it was great because Tim is also a great player.

10/09/2006 | 01:19 PM
So happy for your first Japan Open, Roger
10/09/2006 | 12:50 PM
well done roger.

this result is not any surprise.the title belonged to u.

take care of ur health.

all the best for the rest of the tournaments.especially the "SHANGHAI MASTERS".
10/09/2006 | 12:28 PM
Well done Roger.Congratulations again.You did well.I'm realy happy that you are the best.Good luck in Madrid and see ya then.Thank's Mario.
10/09/2006 | 12:17 PM
Congratulation for this 42nd Championship, You're the best and you'll stay 4 ever the best,
Good luck for the other championships...
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