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23.10.2006 | Tennis

Records fall as ruthless Federer takes 10th title (The Guardian)


Roger Federer, in typically ruthless fashion, took his 10th title of the year yesterday, beating Fernando Gonzalez 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 to win the Masters final.


Federer's game was marked by a churning ground-stroke pressure mixed with an almost matter-of-fact rhythm of serve, as well as increasing flashes of inspired counter-hitting as his lead grew, again underpinned by the elegant predatory movement that is the signature of his style.


By succeeding Rafael Nadal as Masters Series champion, Federer also streaks further out of sight of his nearest rival. His only uncomfortable moments were when he took a tumble near the end of the first set and needed his right ankle re-strapped, and then after the game when he got champagne in his eyes, making them sting and causing him to walk in circles. On Saturday Federer had crushed the man who stole his year-end Masters Cup title last year, David Nalbandian, the Argentine against whom he now looks odds-on to avenge himself next month in Shanghai.






Federer Masters winning (Telegraph.co.uk)


A serial winner of silverware, Roger Federer achieved a remarkable statistic yesterday by claiming the Madrid Masters for the first time.


His comprehensive defeat of the Chilean Fernando Gonzalez meant that he had reached double digits in titles for the third successive season. And with his 10 tournament wins this year, Federer could yet surpass his record number of 11 titles in a season, which he accumulated in both 2004 and 2005.


Indeed, as Federer, 25, has been the champion at this season's Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and he was also the beaten finalist at the French Open, it could already be argued that this has been the finest year in the illustrious career of Switzerland's world No 1.



Somehow Federer, who missed Madrid the last two seasons, just keeps on getting better; Gonzalez, 26, probably had about as much chance of success as a bull would have of cheating the kill against one of the local matadors.





King Federer claims 10th title of the year (The Peninsula)


World number one Roger Federer racked up his 10th title of the season with a ruthless 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 win over Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez in the final of the two-million-euro Madrid Masters yesterday. The 25-year-old Swiss weathered an early storm from the 10th seed but found his rhythm in the second set and then powered his way to victory as Gonzalez folded under the pressure.


It was Federer’s fourth Masters title of the year and the 12th of his career, taking him one clear of Pete Sampras into second place behind Andre Agassi who heads the all-time list with 17.

The victory, Federer’s first in Madrid, extended his winning streak to 19 matches and took his tally of victories for the year to 82. He is the first player since Ivan Lendl in 1982 to win 80 matches two years in a row.


“I missed the last two editions because of fatigue and injury and it was great to come here again and win the tournament,” said Federer after raising the winner’s shield. “It is a great day in my career.”





Federer unleashes his full array of flowing shots in easing to title (Times online)


ROGER FEDERER practised every day with Mirka Vavrinec, his girlfriend, not bothering to interrupt the preparation of his fellow players. Yesterday, Federer won his twelfth Masters tournament, his first in Spain, his nineteenth successive match since Andy Murray’s triumph in Cincinnati and his tenth title of the year, without dropping a set.


Fernando González seemed not to know at the toss-up before the final of the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid yesterday that the match was the best of five sets. After two, the Chilean would gladly have posed with the cheque for the runner-up.


Federer took the plaudits with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 victory of peerless efficiency against the world No 10, who complained at the end of that second set of pain in the elbow of his serving arm. He did not have much longer to flex it because Federer got the job done with such elan that he should arrive for his home championship in Basle today as fresh as an edelweiss.


He may have opened the week a touch stickily, needing two tie-breaks and a couple of timely challenges to navigate his way past Robin Soderling, of Sweden, in the third round, but at the sharp end of proceedings, Federer was in his pomp, his flow of winners growing in authority.





Federer coasts to 10th title (Miami Herald)


"I am the best right now," Roger Federer said after winning the Madrid Masters. Roger Federer won his first Madrid Masters and 10th title of the season Sunday with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Fernando Gonzalez.


Federer became the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles in three straight years. The top-ranked Swiss player moved ahead of Pete Sampras with his 12th Masters series title -- second only to Andre Agassi's 17.


"I am the best right now," Federer said. "In history we'll never know, unless I break all records, but that's still a long way to go." Federer didn't drop a set in Madrid while winning his 19th straight match and third straight final. Earlier this month, Federer won the Japan Open after capturing his third consecutive U.S. Open title.


"I've really come a long way in the last four years, and I really hope I stay healthy and improve," Federer said of his 43-13 finals record. "I like it."






Federer in 'fast lane' (The Australian)


ROGER Federer hopes that the right ankle he tweaked on the way to the Madrid Masters title today (AEST) will heal in time for him to start in his native Basel, Switzerland this week.

"It happened in Toronto and at the US Open," said the Swiss world No.1, who won his first title in Spain with a 7-5 6-1 6-0 hammering of Chile's Fernando Gonzalez. Federer took an extra strapping before the second set on the way to his overwhelming victory.


"I could always continue to play," he said with optimism as he heads to his first Swiss Indoors appearance since 2003. "I'll see how it reacts Monday morning. But I'm confident, I don't have pain now and I'm a positive thinker." Federer's success here was his 10th title of the season.



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10/23/2006 | 02:44 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!
U're so great!! Always make ur fans happy. Anyway, pls. take care very much of yr health(esp. ur ankle-hope it's not hurt so much//!!my heart fell down when i saw u slipped in the last game of 1st set!!)
Best luck at ur hom
10/23/2006 | 02:20 PM
Roger, I enjoyed watching u spraying the champagne. U were like small kid with the champagne, so adorable. Btw, rest more. Hopefully you can play in Basel. No matter what, health is always the 1st priority. Take care.
10/23/2006 | 02:20 PM
Nothing comes from nothing. After hard working years after years, no doubt you have come this far. However, there is still a long way to go. Keep going and doing what you've dreamt. We are so sure you can do it and you will do so well in your own style.
10/23/2006 | 12:23 PM
Dear Roger,
As always, another great achievement. I hope oneday you will break all the records, that's for sure what you and only you deserve.

As I read the other comments, I could feel that all of your fans are worried about your health, as I do. So
10/23/2006 | 12:16 PM
Congratulations Roger!!! dont play if your ankle is not 100%, we need you to stay healthy!
10/23/2006 | 12:14 PM
Dear roger,

The records keep getting better with every week it seems you amaze me to the point that i don't know what to say i could keep going on about how great you are but i hope you know by now that you are best and will be for years to come i know
10/23/2006 | 12:09 PM
Dear Roger,

Certainly all your fans worldwide agree that you are simply the best tennis player we've ever seen and we hope you will continue to be for so many years!!! We are extremely happy with the way you keep on improving your level of play. We ke
10/23/2006 | 11:57 AM
One more record and many to follow. Well done Roger. I really feel good when you hold that victory trophy without an iota of 'bigheaded ness' All the best
10/23/2006 | 11:57 AM
Hee hee, notice how the papers keep trying to come up with new and better ways to describe how awesome Roger is without using the usual hackneyed ooh-ing and aah-ing? Personally, I've been trying to do that too for months now -- with no success! Ah, Roger
10/23/2006 | 11:36 AM
Dear Roger,

Very fortunate for me to watch you play this morning (our time), tho' it was on 2nd set already but you really are improving greatly.

Glad to hear that you are called the greatest player of all time by one of the awarding people. You are
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