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11.09.2007 | Tennis

Flawless Roger Federer sets his sights on Pete Sampras grand-slam record (Times Online)


Consider this – Roger Federer has won more grand-slam titles than Rod Laver or Bjorn Borg and if the world No 1 were to win the next two US Open singles titles, he would equal Bill Tilden’s record of six in succession here, and

Tilden did not have too many bona fide challengers.

With every turn of the page, this amazing talent from Switzerland pushes the boundaries of expectation and

brilliance a stage farther and others – from all sports, not only his own – look on in wonder.

By the time of Wimbledon 2008, Federer may enter the tournament with an opportunity to join Pete Sampras, who won 14 grand-slam titles, atop the tennis leaderboard – and who knows, if he has won the French Open and the whole design of the sport has changed, to take a sixth Wimbledon championship in succession would be the record clincher. With this man, you cannot tell.





Federer Collects His 12th Grand Slam Title (New York Times)


Sweat dripped from Roger Federer’s black headband in the United States Open men’s final, as the endearing newcomer Novak Djokovic held seven set points over him like a mirror to his vulnerability.

Djokovic had been the comedian of the United States Open, a 20-year-old Serb who had won over the crowd with his postmatch impressions of fellow players as well as his gutsy baseline game. Federer did not care for his act. And in the accelerated end, Djokovic, playing in his first Grand Slam final, was not yet ready for the inimitable Federer.

As the world’s No. 1 playing in his 14th Grand Slam final, Federer showed why he is the reigning impresario of

tennis. He pounced on Djokovic’s mistakes yesterday, dissecting him for a 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4 triumph to collect

his 12th Grand Slam title.





Nerve-racked Federer has Sampras in his sights (Independent)


Making history can be a nerve-racking business. In his all-black outfit Roger Federer looked as cool as a New York fashionista, but the world No 1's stomach was churning. Federer admits that his thoughts are turning more and more towards Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles and, as the prospect of No 12 loomed here, he became apprehensive.

"I've had an upset stomach for the last few days," the Swiss admitted after his 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Novak

Djokovic in Sunday night's men's singles final of the US Open. "I've been nervous and shaking and had cold hands before the match. I've had it all. I'm supposed to be the experienced guy, who's got used to the situation, but you

never do. "

Federer admitted that a straight-sets defeat was "a bit brutal" for the Serb and added: "I've enjoyed having young

guys challenging me. This is probably my biggest motivation out there. Seeing them challenge me and then beating them in the final is really the best feeling."





You gotta admit: There's nothing like Him (ESPN)


There are two answers: "Yes" and "No." And since we are talking about Him, right now you'd be right with both


Him. The one who just won his fourth straight U.S. Open, his 12th Grand Slam. Him. The one who has been No. 1 for more consecutive weeks in his sport than anyone in the sport's history. Him. The one who has players on the ATP Tour happy when they come in second. Him. The one Jim Courier said, "You have to be in denial" to think you can beat. Him. The one who is so good that in his semifinal match against Nikolay Davydenko, the No. 4 player in the world, he nearly doubled his average number of errors (25; his average unforced errors per match is 12.8) and still won in straight sets. Him. The one who has his game so locked-in that "the best ever" comments are no longer compliments.

Be honest: In your lifetime, have you ever seen anything like Him?





Deserved, But Not Noticed (The Emory Wheel)


If I asked you who the world’s most dominant athlete is you might say Tiger Woods. You might be wrong.

Who, then, you ask, could strike such fear in his opponents? Who could have more reign over his sport than even the mighty Tiger?

You only needed to watch the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which concluded on Sunday, to find the answer. I’m sure many know his name, but I don’t know if enough people realize the magnitude of what he has just done.

Roger Federer won his fourth-straight U.S. Open, putting another piece of hardware in a trophy case that includes

the last five Wimbledon titles and the last two Australian Open crowns. If you skimmed over any of that read it

again, because it’s an enduring hot streak uparalleled by any athlete of our era.





Resilient Roger Federer closes in on record (Telegraph)

Elegantly dressed in tuxedo-style black, Roger Federer last night won his fourth successive US Open title and his

12th grand slam title, putting him just two behind the Pete Sampras record of 14. But only rarely was Federer at his

finest, and he was greatly helped by Serbian Novak Djokovic failing to take his chances in his first slam final.

Djokovic has become well known during this US Open for being the Rory Bremner of tennis, for his excellent

impressions of other top players. But he had been hoping that the American public would also remember him after this fortnight for his tennis, for having won the title. But Djokovic, the first Serbian male to appear in a major final,

was unable to convert his opportunities, with five set-points in the opening set and then a couple more in the second.

So Djokovic, the 20-year-old world No 3 from Belgrade, could easily have been two sets up, but instead he found

himself at two sets down after losing a couple of tie-breaks. And Federer then took the third set to complete a 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory and so move into joint second place with Australian Roy Emerson on the list of most grand slam titles won. There was also the small matter of earning the biggest cheque in tennis history, £1.2 million, as he was given a huge bonus for having been the most successful player during the series of warm-up tournaments.





Sampras supports Federer's pursuit (San Bernardino Sun)


Some advice, sports fans: Be sure to appreciate Roger Federer, to relish his brilliance with a racket, to understand exactly what a rare treat a champion of his caliber and character is.

Don't just take my word for it. Listen, instead, to someone who knows a lot more about tennis, someone who figures it is a matter of when - not whether - Federer will break Pete Sampras' records of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Listen to Pistol Pete himself. "I did all I could do in the '90s, and I really thought the 14 would be tough to beat. Little did I know Roger would come along and dominate the way he has - and that could last a while longer," Sampras said Monday in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. "If there's a player and a person that I'd like to see break this, it would be Roger. "He's a great guy. Lets his racket do the talking. One of those humble champions I like."

Still only 26, Federer collected his 12th Grand Slam title Sunday at the U.S. Open by beating Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4.

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09/16/2007 | 10:31 PM
Oh my God. What lovely complimentss. I know the whole World regards u and these Compliments are only and only for a humble Champion like u. I don't have words to comment on these lovely complimentss. But when i read Pete's compliment's to u my eyes filled
09/16/2007 | 12:28 PM
It' will be hard how to write the column to show how great success you are. I believe there will be more writting coming out.

09/16/2007 | 06:52 AM
no one can level you... you have set records in the history as if the sport is yours!

ur achievements are as unique as your own ability

and you have the sweetest smile and cries of all time.....

miss you already


(i wish to see m
09/15/2007 | 10:52 PM
thank god first
You really deseve it Roger
aS Rolex ad sayes:
" wait till this man write the history"
We all love an support you
Best Wishes
09/15/2007 | 03:44 PM
Congratulate you on your open champions hip of American tennis champion.You are than I hope in vain even make man the will of the people moved,I love you than every speech may describe should even love you!
09/15/2007 | 12:26 PM
hey, congratulations to the fantastic achievement. Really lookin forward to the next weekend as you come to my country. Finally, I will see you personally playin on the court. But make sure Czech crowd is gonna make it tough for you as well as our two pla
09/15/2007 | 06:00 AM
Hi Roger!

What a fantastic game you showed us! It just shows how relentless and unassailable you are. Keep it up!

Take care,

From your #1 fan in the Philippines - Faridah
09/15/2007 | 01:18 AM
Yeah Roger. You're just the GOAT, the Greatest of All Time. Again, words aren't enough to describe what an amazing display you are putting on for us, fans. I can only wish you to remain that healthy!!!
09/14/2007 | 10:58 PM
What more can I say? You're simply the greatest tennis player of your time...and you're making one tennis history after another. May you remain humble even with all the praises and recognitions that you are receiving from all over the world. Thank you
09/14/2007 | 10:07 PM
Dear Roger,

What a tremendous win and thoroughly deserved as you were the best and most consistent player in the tournament. Already 12 Grand Slams and three won again.

Next year, get the record. There is no one to stop you.

best wishes
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