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18.11.2007 | Tennis

Federer achieves year of perfection with Masters Cup win (Bangkok Post)


Roger Federer capped off another dream season as he handcuffed big-match neophyte David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday with a dominating victory to lift a second straight trophy at the Masters Cup.


The Swiss genius won the 53rd title of his storied career as he lifted year-end honours in one hour, 38 minutes.


Federer ends his season with eight titles including three of the four Grand Slams and a prize money haul in excess of eight million dollars. He leaves with 1.2 million dollars for the week and a silver Mercedes R series car.


"It's been a great season for me. And finishing off the best players in the world, you know, also (Rafael) Nadal and all these guys in the Masters Cup.


"I'm so happy. This is year-end event and only the best can make it," said the winner who joins Ilie Nastase on four year-end titles.





Federer the 'best of all time' after Ferrer rout (The Standard)


Masters Cup finalist David Ferrer heaped praise on Roger Federer yesterday after being demolished by the Swiss defending champion in straight sets.

The Spaniard beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the world Nos2 and 3, on his way to the final but said Federer was a class apart.

"Maybe Federer, Djokovic and Nadal are on another level to other players but Federer is different," said Ferrer, who was taken apart 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour and 38 minutes at Shanghai's Qi Zhiong Stadium.

"He can do it all. He serves very well, he has a very good forehand and backhand. He has no weak points.

"He's not just No1, he's the best in history. He has 12 Grand Slams and I'm sure he'll get the record."



Federer is proud of his season (Los Angeles Times)


After winning the Masters Cup in Shanghai, the world's No. 1 player says that this was a breakthrough year for him.


The words Roger Federer and breakthrough don't seem to belong in the same sentence. But why not let the tennis genius explain his word choice after winning the Masters Cup for the fourth time in five years?


Federer, who beat David Ferrer of Spain, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in the final at Shanghai to officially end the 2007 season, cycled back to the start, at the Australian Open, and kept on going.


"I thought the way I won my first Grand Slam without losing a set [in Australia] . . . beat [Rafael] Nadal for the first time on clay," he said Sunday in a telephone interview from Shanghai. "I won my fifth Wimbledon, fourth U.S. Open and defended my No. 1 ranking -- that's why I thought this year was a breakthrough."





Roger Federer's final Shanghai flourish (Telegraph UK)


The time has come to wheel out the big guns. If no one else can beat Roger Federer, not when it matters at any rate, then it is time to bring on Pete Sampras. Maybe he can succeed where so many before have failed.


The magnificent Swiss won his fourth Masters Cup title yesterday - and pocketed £600,000 for his troubles - by tearing David Ferrer to shreds 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. It was Federer's third display of awesome power and clinical control in as many days after he had crushed Andy Roddick on Friday and squashed Rafael Nadal on Saturday.


If this was Federer looking vulnerable - he had lost a round-robin match at the start of the week - then there are many men who would pay folding money to be that insecure.


"It was a nice victory, especially proving it, to myself and the world, that I can do it over and over again," Federer said in that understated way of his.





Federer Shows the Upstart Ferrer Who’s No. 1


Roger Federer, who ended his season with a straight-sets victory over the hottest player in this elite, year-ending tournament, can now rest a bit before taking on his only serious remaining opponent — history.


Federer easily defeated the surprise finalist David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in the Masters Cup title match Sunday. Ferrer had pummeled everyone else last week, including Rafael Nadal, beating some by bigger margins than even Federer did.


But Ferrer collided Sunday with a supremely self-confident champion, the top-ranked Federer, who is as unimpressed by opponents’ hot streaks as he was by Ferrer’s speed around the court.


Federer’s answer for Ferrer’s quickness was more, apparently effortless speed of his own. And his answer to the brutal counterpunching Ferrer had used to subdue everyone else was to take away Ferrer’s rhythm and repeatedly beat him to the punch.


All week, Federer had been reserved in his comments about what some had seen as a trend. After defeating Ferrer, however, he fairly exulted, showing himself to be as adept at record keeping as he is at striking the ball.

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11/20/2007 | 03:52 AM
Congrats Roger! Keep enjoying the game and I'm sure ever more great things are on their way to you! Have a fantastic Xmas break! All the best,

11/20/2007 | 03:14 AM
Dear Roger,

Now history is your biggest rival. I am lucky to be a witness as you are competing the History.
11/20/2007 | 03:03 AM
Roger, just this: THANK YOU.
11/20/2007 | 02:58 AM
You are a master at work. You are the best tennis player ever!! History in the making..
11/20/2007 | 02:47 AM
Masters win made Federer the first tennis player to earn more than $10-million (all currency U.S.) in prize money and bonuses in a year. He wound up with $10,130,620 and was also given a Mercedes CLS 500.

There's a certain irony there because in Swiss
11/20/2007 | 02:38 AM
Roger, I hope you have finally erased all doubts in your mind about what you can do. That is the real breakthrough. Those doubts about Nadal are gone now. In fact, you now know beyond any question that you can do anything, and what we like about you is
11/20/2007 | 02:19 AM
Hi Roger, time and time again you have proven you are the champion, that's whether your up or down........but win or lose you are our hero.....best of luck for 2008.
11/20/2007 | 01:58 AM
I am so proud that you are joining my co-national Ilie Nastase on four year-end titles.

Wish you health and good luck in your future personal and sport plans.

Good job, Roger!
11/20/2007 | 01:56 AM
Roger, what more can we say in your favor?? You have GOT to simply be the best of all time no matter about Roland Garros. You will take that by storm too. I know you like Pete and you guys have played a little before but I know you are on top of your game
11/20/2007 | 01:51 AM
What a smooth performance by THE MASTER. Thank you for the great match you are truly a greatest player of our time. Good luck with 2008. With your mental and physical strength you will be the all time record holder this fact can not be overlooked. Merry
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