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Golden Bagel Award

29.12.2006 | Tennis

Roger has again snagged the Golden Bagel Award, an achievement honouring the professional tennis player who has handed out more "bagels" (sets won 6-0), than any other player on the circuit. Roger has won the award two out of the last three years.


This light-hearted award helps underscore just how dominant the World No. 1 player was in 2006. Along with three Grand Slam titles, Roger dished out 18 bagels - up from the 11 he served up in 2004 when he won this award for the first time. By contrast, World No. 2 and 2005 Golden Bagel Award winner, Rafael Nadal only delivered 2 bagels in 2006 down from his 12 bagels the previous year.


Bagel co-creator Tom Suhler says, "The award is just for fun but it is an interesting statistic. As hard as it is to win a single set 6-0 against world-class players, it is unbelievable to do it 18 times and four of those were against Top 10 players. Federer handed out 10 bagels this year in Grand Slam events alone; three at the U.S. Open, three at Wimbledon, and four at the Australian.

The idea for the award came up one day in 2004 when Niclas Kroon and I were talking about how dominant Federer had been that year," continued Suhler. "We were discussing the two bagels Roger delivered during the finals of the US Open. Then the bright idea light bulb started to dimly glow in our heads and the Golden Bagel Award was born."


The final bagel counts for 2006 are: Roger Federer 18, Nikolay Davydenko 12, David Nalbandian 6, James Blake 5, Andy Roddick 4, Rafael Nadal 2, Tommy Robredo 1, Ivan Ljubicic 1.



About Golden Bagel Award

To qualify for the Golden Bagel Award, a player must either be ranked in the Top 8 of ATP singles players or participate in the year-end Tennis Masters Cup. The winner is the pro who captures the most 6-0 sets between January 1 and the start of the Masters. Davis Cup matches and incomplete sets are not counted. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website is used as the definitive data source. In the event of a tie, the number of "fries" (6-1 sets) will determine the winner.





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12/29/2006 | 06:03 PM
Congratulations Roger! Too bad they stopped counting at the start of the Masters Cup because they missed your 19th bagel in the final!
Seeing the rate at which you were delivering bagel sets this year many of us were wondering if you were going to get t
12/29/2006 | 05:58 PM
Congrats Rogi!!!
12/29/2006 | 05:53 PM

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12/29/2006 | 04:56 PM
Congratulations , Roger ! It seems that you won many awards latelly . No wonder why - you really play good tennis . It is exciting watching you on the court . You really are the best ! Roger , you rock!
12/29/2006 | 04:03 PM
Golden Bagel Award is a funny jovial prize but it gives you an idea the tennis OFFENSIVE tactics of the recipient.

Roger has 18 bagels and Raphael Nadal has only 2. Nadal has a defensive and counter attacking tennis approach that helps him winning on C
12/29/2006 | 03:58 PM
Congratulations on your bagel Roger! That's a sentence I never thought I'd say! I know you'll keep up your fantastic achievements for years to come, I'm looking forward to watching you play matches (and win them!) for many years,
Love Laura
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12/29/2006 | 03:36 PM
Congratulations, Rog!

Another amazing accomplishment from our champion!

HAPPY 2007.

Love from Marilyn,
your #1 fan in Vermont...
the Switzerland of the USA
12/29/2006 | 03:26 PM
12/29/2006 | 03:15 PM

12/29/2006 | 03:12 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on the 7th award! Even though it is for fun it shows how far ahead you are from the rest of the pack and how much your tennis has improved.

May it keep on improving along with your belief in yourself and your ability!
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