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20.08.2007 | Tennis

Getting better with age (The Cincinnati Post)


Whenever players discuss Roger Federer, there's usually a qualifier. Something like, "Well, he's the No. 1 player in the world for a reason" or "That's why he's the best ever" or "Roger was just being Roger." Something along those lines.

Ask James Blake about his opponent's recent play that, before Federer beat him 6-1, 6-4 for the Western & Southern Masters title Sunday, could be characterized as decent but not Federer-like.

"He," Blake said," is still No. 1 in the world so he's still doing something right."

Ask Lleyton Hewitt, who was dispatched by Federer in the semifinals about how the world's No. 1 plays important points extremely well. "That," Hewitt said, "is why he's one of the greatest players ever."



Federer lives up to billing (Cincinnati Enquirer)


Imagine if Roger Federer had to dust off all his tennis trophies.

Wisely, the world's No. 1 player protects them in the office-sized trophy room of his residence in Oberwil, Switzerland. "I got that problem solved by having them behind glass," Federer said, "so you don't have to dust them off all the time."

Federer collected a 50th ATP trophy to put behind glass Sunday in a 6-1, 6-4 victory against James Blake that took all of 66 minutes to complete the finals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

The match displayed the pinnacle of a transformation Federer underwent here in five matches at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Federer used up a lot of breath in post-match interviews this week, telling reporters how difficult of a time he was having "reading" the court. Anyone could beat him here, Federer asserted. Lleyton Hewitt, Blake, Nicolas Almagro - they all had Federer shaking in his Nike tennis shoes.

"Look," Federer said Thursday afternoon following a two-set victory, "there's many good players in there who I feel I can lose to at any time."





Federer finds form and 50th career title (The Age)


ROGER Federer described his Cincinnati Masters victory on Sunday as the perfect preparation for his bid for a fourth consecutive US Open title.

A day after his torrid semi-final win over Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, world No. 1 Federer crushed American James Blake 6-1, 6-4 to win his 14th Masters Series title and 50th career singles crown.

Little more than a month after lifting a record-equalling fifth consecutive Wimbledon, the 26-year-old now he turns his full attention to the US Open, starting next week.





Career title No.50 boosts Federer's US Open bid (The Sydney Morning Herald)


Roger Federer says his Cincinnati Masters victory on Sunday was the perfect preparation for his bid to win a fourth consecutive US Open title.

The world No.1 crushed American James Blake 6-1, 6-4 to win his 14th Masters Series title and 50th career singles crown.

In the past three years, Federer's preparations for the US Open have been hit by either an early loss or withdrawal from one of the two Masters Series events on the hardcourts in North America. This time, he reached the final in Montreal, losing a third-set tie-breaker to Novak Djokovic of Serbia, before winning in Cincinnati.

"It's been my best summer here," Federer said. "[In the past], I've won a tournament and then either lost first or second round, or then I didn't play, and then I won Cincinnati.





Federer fifth-youngest to win 50 tourneys (Xinhua)


Swiss tennis star Roger Federer attained another milestone Sunday, becoming the fifth-youngest to win 50 tournament titles by defeating American James Blake 6-1, 6-4 in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

At age 26, he became only the ninth overall in the Open Era — since 1968 — to win so many tournaments.

"It's not a goal I set for myself in my career, but it's definitely a nice number to get to, especially in terms of titles," Federer said. "It’s really a lot, you know, so it's great."





Sampras' slam record Roger's next target


If you believe Roger Federer, his pursuit of Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles happened almost by accident. This was not a kid who grew up dreaming of tennis stardom: Fascinated by basketball, Federer says, he decorated his bedroom with posters of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.


If you believe Federer, he is not "too obsessed" with getting the better of Rafael Nadal, no matter what it takes. Federer did, after all, give his on-court nemesis a ride on a private jet from last week's tournament in Montreal to this week's tournament in Ohio after learning that Nadal was having trouble finding a suitable commercial flight. Yep, there they were, thousands of feet above the earth, Roger and Rafa, chatting with their girlfriends over a sushi lunch, like any pair of wealthy pals. Would McEnroe have done that for Connors? Would Woods for Mickelson?






Federer hits 50 at just 26 (Allentown Morning Call)


He's fifth-youngest tennis player to win 50 career tournaments.

Roger Federer raised both arms triumphantly when his ace finished it off. After years of having everyone else's number, he had a special one of his own.

Fifty for Federer.




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08/22/2007 | 10:55 PM
Note to USTA: WAKE UP!!! Are you guys completely moronic??why would you put Federer and Roddick in the same side of the draw so it's only a quarterfinal?? why does #1 seed play #5 in quarters and #2 play #7?? It's the fans who lose out..Roger will win of
08/22/2007 | 09:41 PM
you are the best
08/22/2007 | 07:16 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!
You deserve it more than anybody!!!
I'll see in the US Open :)
08/22/2007 | 06:43 PM
I will be at the Open next week and hope to see your beautiful self on the courts!

Good Luck to you and wish you the best in these coming weeks.

08/22/2007 | 06:24 PM
Roger i have no words to say how glad i'm for you and i wish you to celebrate once again in your career others 50th titles.......us open 2007 might be one of these titles......good luck!
08/22/2007 | 05:08 PM
Grat. Roger! we love!! Comen!!
08/22/2007 | 04:36 PM
Congrats Champ! This is the result of alot of hard work. #51 is striaght ahead!
08/22/2007 | 04:03 PM
Does anyone know if Roger is going to be showing up anywhere prior to the open like he did last year in that court in the middle of the street with Rafa Nadal?
08/22/2007 | 03:27 PM
Congrates for your half century Roger. wish you a very best of luck for winning the US Open again to create a history.
08/22/2007 | 03:06 PM
go roger go!!!! you are real champiin real world number one!!!!i hope you will be the one ever,forever...congratilations roger you are the best one:)
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