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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 | 07:24 AM
Hey Roger,
Job well done in Cincy. Wish you good luck for the US open, not that you need any. I watch each and every match of yours that is shown in the US. You are GOD!!!!!!!!!! Hope u win the fourth US open, I know you will win. Take car
08/22/2007 | 06:37 AM
Hi Champion Roger,
Well Done.
We are looking for U.S.Open title too.
With Lots of Luv & Kisses
08/22/2007 | 06:14 AM
please post new pics of roger ....

thanks :)
08/22/2007 | 04:32 AM
Go Roger!

Brilliant match in the final.

But the matches against Hewitt, Almagro and Baghdatis were a little shaky. Glad you got through those in true championship form.

There are a lot of healthy players out there now which is making things diff
08/22/2007 | 02:51 AM
congratulations u r the best go on
best wishes
08/22/2007 | 02:49 AM
The 50th Title for Roger at Cincinnati. So, what else is new? HE is Roger after all.
08/22/2007 | 02:22 AM
Kia Ora Roger,
I never tire about reading of you and your accomplishments, particularly what the global writers' post as above. Oh and I definitely enjoy viewing the matches /interviews you engage in during and at the end of tournaments on the tennis.com
08/22/2007 | 01:22 AM
Congrats roger, I was their. Now you are in my heart the most amazing and best player in the world!
08/22/2007 | 01:16 AM

In typical Roger style, you gave Rafa a lift to Cincy. That is why I love you so much!!!!! Good luck in NY. All my love to you and Mirka as always.

Marcee' Piqua, Ohio
08/22/2007 | 12:25 AM
To hear other world class players pay such tributes to Roger is praise indeed. It means a lot that his genius & inspired mastery of the game is recognised & acknowlegded.
Onwards Roger the Lionheart!!