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Sixth Dubai title

01.03.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger celebrated his sixth tournament title in Dubai after a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych today.

 

Roger started well and broke Berdych's serve early in the opening set - but then suddenly started to struggle, dropping his own serve twice and losing the set. In the second, he fell behind as he dropped his serve once again. But that was the moment when he flicked the switch to fight back, eventually securing the second set. In set number three, he displayed fantastic tennis in the crucial moments and secured another break, holing the lead to win the match.

With 78 titles Roger is now trailing only Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94). He has won at least one title 14 years in a row, equaling Lendl’s record.

 
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03/03/2014 | 08:04 PM
Wow, Roger!!! What great wins you had at this tournament, especially over Novak D. & Tomas B. Great serving just when you needed it! Still, glad I said some prayers for you - you came awfully close to losing against Radek Stepanek! Unbelievable footwork & gets & guts at net!!
03/03/2014 | 07:38 PM
@NOCHWEITERROGER,

Thank you!
As for Nadal's book, I've only read the first 10% or so, so who knows - I might be disappointed. Can't say I went into it expecting any intellectual insight into life, but I should be surprised if it is "Calvinistic" as you say! Let's see.
03/03/2014 | 07:04 PM
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Congratulations Roger!! Myself, my wife and my family knew you could do it!! We love you and are so proud of you : )

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Shal
03/03/2014 | 06:25 PM
SHATIR Really relate to a lot of what you say and certainly the days are gone when everyone was saying that the one handed backhand is on the way to the scrap heap, but I do disagree about Nadal's biography. One of the most depressing books I've ever read - talk about the Calvinistic puritan outlook on life.
03/03/2014 | 05:53 PM
Meanwhile, Roger stated in Dubai that he will be meeting Edberg in Indian wells.
Roger can claim a bunch of points in Indian Wells and Miami this year. He is only defending 180 out of a possible 2000 points in the two tournaments.

He can potentially jump to 5th place in the rankings if he reaches the semis in both events. Or 3rd place if he makes both finals. Yummy!
03/03/2014 | 05:47 PM
@SDANU,

Yep, let's see.
I'm a permanent Federer optimist because he has always had his chances even on clay, even against Nadal (eg. 2011 FO Finals where Roger lost in 4 close sets).
Or 2007 Hamburg where Roger bageled Nadal on clay.
03/03/2014 | 05:41 PM
Congratsssssssssssssss Champpppppp!!!!
Indeed a memorable tournament!!!
Goooo Rogiii
03/03/2014 | 05:41 PM
The top-20 in Tennis has so many single-handed backhanders - Federer, Wawrinka, Gasquet, Haas, Youzhny, Almagro, Kohlschreiber etc., and the rising star, Dimitrov.

These guys are a minority but their backhand is a more than capable weapon in their all-round (and much more attractive) games.
03/03/2014 | 05:40 PM
@SHATIR
Good point. There are some trade offs in Single BH Vs Double BH.
I agree.
Lets see how the bigger racquet helps Roger deal with the high BOUNCING and slow CLAY COURTS this year.
Hoping for the best.
03/03/2014 | 05:37 PM
@RAMCHARAN
WIN AT ANY COST BUT WITHIN THE RULES OF THE GAME.
That is Rafa's philosophy.
MIND GAMES.

Many may dislike this, but some feel that it adds that extra SPICE to the game.

The rules seem to give some allowance to time wasting and mind games.
That's why Referees let Rafa off the hook.

Roger should learn to deal with this. That will surely improve his MENTAL TOUGHNESS particularly against the lefty.