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no news.....no articles.....just trying to keep the spirits up....trying

I know, we could all get into a circle, roast some marshmellows and sing Kum-ba-ya (or however its spelled). And then we could talk about all the things we like about Rogi. I'm sure he would appreciate that. Just something....

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In the site of ROGI in Yahoo, they began to do that, however me still nor I put my opinion. It won't also be worth anything, because I adore everything in ROGI. SAW..... DOESN'T HAVE GRACE!!!!!!!!!
My dear friends that I want to ask to you are that you ask for the all of the angels that pass close to you to give a force for ROGI, for him to reacquire that super confidence.
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Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim peers into his crystal ball to reveal the fate of the top 16 men' seeds for the U.S. Open.
MEN'S REPORT

1. Lleyton Hewitt: Ordinarily, one would think his bush-league feud with the ATP would detract from his focus, but this is a player who uses discord as fuel. Even so, he has a brutal draw that likely has him facing James Blake in Round 3, Richard Krajicek in Round 4 and Andre Agassi in the semis.

2. Marat Safin: Where is his head? The answer is the difference between running the table and falling to Nicolas Kiefer in his first match.

3. Tommy Haas: He's due for a breakout and men's tennis is due for a human-interest story to compete with the women's. How's this? With his parents still recovering from a harrowing motorcycle accident, übertalented Tommy Boy finds extra motivation to win his first Slam. The tender shoulder is a concern, though.

4. Yevgeny Kafelnikov: A good argument for subjective seeding. "Why? Man" tends to bring his A game to majors, but let's face facts: He has lost three straight matches coming in and he hasn't won more than two rounds at a Slam this year.

5. Tim Henman: Has the game, but does he have the bloody bottles? Crumpet of a draw has him playing no top-50 opponent until Round 3.

6. Andre Agassi: After a chart-topping early spring, the hits have been few and far between for Dr. 'Dre. Couldn't ask for a better draw. At least until he faces Carlos Moya in Round 4.

7. Juan Carlos Ferrero: The King can play on the hard stuff, but a nasty draw has him facing giant-killer Wayne Arthurs off the bat.

8. Albert Costa: Weird Al has disappeared since winning the French. Plus, he has a 4-7 career record in Queens.

9. Carlos Moya: Cincy winner has some momentum. If his body holds up, look for him in the second week. Fourth-rounder against Agassi could be hermosa.

10. Sebastien Grosjean: Footspeed and consistency should serve him well on concrete, but his act has never played particularly well at Flushing Meadows.

11. Andy Roddick: Despite cracking the top 10, there's a nagging sense that Roddick has backslid this year, mostly because of his mediocre Slam results. A good performance here would erase this perception, and his draw certainly cooperates. Helmets should be required for his second-rounder against Taylor Dent. If Roddick wins that one (and he should), look out.

12. Thomas Johannson: Aussie Open champ withdrew because of a right-arm injury.

13. Roger Federer: Overdue for a good showing at a Slam. One of the tour's bright lights, he hasn't won a solitary set at a Slam since Australia and is still grieving for his mentor, Peter Carter, tragically killed in an auto accident last month.

14. Jiri Novak: Often overlooked but often reaches second week. Still, we can't help think Richard Krajicek gets him in Round 1.

15. Guillermo Cañas: Pulled out with a stress fracture in his right wrist.

16. David Nalbandian: Nalbandian the Andean has gone Costa on us since Wimbledon. Little reason to expect a reemergence anytime soon.

17. Pete Sampras: Your eyes aren't deceiving you: The greatest ever is seeded lower than someone named Nalbandian. But as he puts it, "You have to remember who I am and where I'm playing. ... The U.S. Open is where you shine and that is where I hope to shine." Uh, OK.


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Thank you very much for the information Mrs B.
It is a coherent and factual analysis of the reality. Millions of kisses. Beth




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No. 13 Federer Beats Vanek in Four Sets
by_Laura Andriani
Monday, August 26, 2002
Roger Federer moved on after his first round win over the Czech Republic's Jiri Vanek on Monday. The four-set match, which lasted 126 minutes, did not go as easily as the Suisse player might have planned. Ultimately though, Federer prevailed, taking Vanek 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Federer showed unmatched force, with 12 winners in the first set, as opposed to Vanek's single winner. Federer also converted three of three break points to quickly seize the first set.
Although Vanek averaged a faster first serve than Federer throughout the match, he was barely able to take control of the most crucial points. Vanek improved his play in the second set, taking three games from Federer, but ultimately Federer prevailed again, using 13 winners and his killer serve.
Vanek showed another sign of hope in the third set, winning the first three games. Federer's serve seemed to trail off during that set, as he won merely 33% of his service points. Vanek and Federer then both took a game each, before Vanek finally won the third set, 6-3.
The fourth set saw both Federer and Vanek struggling. As the score leveled off at 5-5, Federer kicked up his match play, taking the last two games, and winning with a final score of 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Federer, the No. 13 seed in the main draw, will go on to play two-time semifinalist Michael Chang in the second round.
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why do they make things so difficult??? I was going to get his interview at the site but they only have it on video and i dont have realplayer. So if someone does and can get it, that would be much appreciated. I dont know why they cant just have all the players interviews on transcripts

Anyway, so I went over to asapsports.com/tennis cause i felt like reading something from him and I found this which has nothing to do with the USO but i thought i'd put it here anyway

June 17, 2002

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ROGER FEDERER

GREG SHARKO: Good afternoon and evening for some of you. Thank you for joining in today's conference call with Roger Federer, who joins us from 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where he is the No. 2 seed in the Ordina Open. Earlier this afternoon Roger advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Richard Krajicek. This year Roger's enjoying the best season of his career with titles in Sydney and Tennis Masters - Hamburg and runner-up finishes in Milan and the NASDAQ -100 Open in Miami. He's No. 4 in this week's ATP Champions Race and No. 9 on the ATP entry system. Last year at Wimbledon, Roger broke Pete Sampras' 31-match winning streak at the All England Club with a five-set victory in the Round of 16 en route to the quarterfinals. The seeds were just announced earlier this evening in London, and Roger will be No. 8 going in to next week's Championships. So at this time, we'll open up calls.

Q. Roger, could you just talk a little bit about going back to Wimbledon this year after, you know, such a great victory there against Pete, and just how special it's going to be for you going back.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I've always been -- I'm looking forward every year again to go back to Wimbledon. And this year is kind of special to me because I've played my matches now on Centre Court, which was always my dream. And, plus, with that nice experience from last year beating Pete, I'm very happy to come back. And, yeah, I'm one of the favorites. Hopefully I can play well.

Q. At this point in your career, particularly on grass at Wimbledon, do you feel like, you know, you're a favorite to win just about every major?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, grass court is a tough surface, you know. I mean, sometimes the matches get decided just on a few big points. So I just really hope that I can win the first few rounds, then I can find my way into the tournament. But I've played already well the last week in Halle, and also this week again I'm playing another lead-up tournament for Wimbledon just to have enough grass court matches for the tournament. I feel like I have a good chance of winning, but there's just so many players out there which also want to win so it's going to be very tough to win.

Q. I wanted to ask you, again, not to make too much of the Pete match last year, but when you beat him, a lot of people sort of said, "Hey, who's this Roger Federer guy?" Even before that, you'd had some success. But what did that match do for you - I don't know - either confidence-wise, or even just to validate the fact that you are somebody to watch on this tour?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's true a little bit what you say, I was little bit unknown. I mean, I guess in Europe I was quite known because I had some results. But I think that gave me kind of the international breakthrough last year in Wimbledon, and it was just huge for my confidence. I mean, unluckily, I was injured right after that match - or actually during that match. I was already injured coming in to Wimbledon, but I was playing with painkillers and all this. So I had to sit out for like a month to the US Open. So when I came to the US Open, I really felt like I was more known, especially in the States, because I beat you guys in the Davis Cup and then I beat Pete in Wimbledon. So, I mean, for me it helped me a lot just, as you said, for press and my -- everybody knows me better now than before.

Q. Just to follow up a little bit on that now, when you go to a tournament these days, people expect you to be up there in the semifinals, finals, that type of thing. Is there a lot more pressure on you now than maybe this time last year when you could sort of sneak in there a little bit and do damage?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's always, I think, the same story. I put the pressure on myself. It's never -- I never feel like I have pressure from somebody, like I really have to play well. I just feel like I have to perform, you know? But now I always feel better when I'm in a favorite's position where I know I can win almost every tournament I go to now. So it's better when I know I'm not the underdog, and this actually helps. So that's why also I think I'm playing much better this year than years before.

Q. I just want to ask you, when you were 14 and you left home to go to the tennis center, whose idea was that, and how hard was it for you to tear yourself away from home and do something drastic like that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, what happened was I got -- had the idea once to go. Actually, I think my parents asked me when I was like maybe 13. I said, "No, no, no, no, I want to stay at home," and all this. But then I saw a tape again like maybe a half a year or a year later, and suddenly I got interested. I told the press that I'm actually quite interested to go there. My parents read it through the press. And we started talking about it, we looked at the positive sides and the negative sides. And I went to play there and they thought I was -- had quite some talent, so they took me. And that's actually how I went. It actually was almost my decision, just my parents helped me with the decision a little bit.

Q. Pretty lonely, though, when you got there?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, in the beginning. The first six months were very tough because I'm from the German-speaking part and I couldn't speak French, so I didn't have any friends down there. I was in a family which was very nice to me, but I didn't have any success. It was very tough in the beginning. But then I got to know all the players and the coaches and everybody down there, the language also. That helped me a lot. Actually, still now. I can speak three languages perfectly and that helps a lot.

Q. I wanted to ask you if you thought, especially this year, that it was possible for someone to win Wimbledon from the baseline after quite a long time of serve-and-volley domination, and whether indeed that somebody could be Lleyton Hewitt? What do you think of his chances, and generally winning from the baseline?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I definitely think that the conditions are getting slower just in general for tennis, because they want to see more rallies. So I can see in the future that a guy like Hewitt can definitely win Wimbledon - if not this year already. Because I give actually Lleyton and Agassi also a very good chance of winning. So, yeah, I mean, he won at Queen's one more time, so I think he's playing well. I think not only on grass, he's a favorite on any surface. So I could pick him for any Grand Slam, he could win it, so... But, how do you say, the challenge is very big from so many players right now and it's going to be tough. But I give Lleyton a good chance of winning Wimbledon, again, this year.

Q. Do you think that your seeding, No. 8, is fair? Where did you expect to be placed?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, actually, I had no idea how they were doing the seeding in Wimbledon this year. I just know it's different than the other Grand Slams. I think the seeding is quite fair, what they do. I think they take it over the last year or two on the grass court results, the points you have, and they add it and then you get your total points. I think that's very fair. Yeah, 8th seed is, I think, very good so far.

Q. Secondly, you talked about some of the international press you received after beating Pete and the positive things that happened. Did your life change at all in a negative sense where people started bothering you a little bit more and sort of invade your privacy?

ROGER FEDERER: I always get more attention now than before - especially in Switzerland, in my home city. All over Switzerland people knoow me almost everywhere I go. So I don't quite look at it that it's annoying. I think it's a good thing that -- for me, it's just important that I'm well-liked in my country, also just around the world. So I don't see this as a negative thing. I haven't had actually very bad , how do you say, experiences.

GREG SHARKO: Just to inform you guys, the way the seeding procedure worked, what Wimbledon did, they took the entry system ranking points as of today's ranking, and they added 100% points earned for all grass court tournaments in the last 12 months. Then they also added 75% points earned for best grass court event in the 12 months before that. So that's the criteria that went in to the seeding process.

Q. I was just wondering, how hard is it for you, people keep looking at you as one guy that everybody expects to break through with a Slam win, how hard is it to play so well, say, up until the French and then to have sort of that early exit and get yourself jacked back up for Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, yeah, I get the feeling also a little bit that people are really expecting me to break through in a Grand Slam now - very soon. So, I mean, I'm also putting the pressure on myself. I thought I had a very good chance in Australia to do really well. Unfortunately, I couldn't make the matchpoint against Tommy Haas. Now French Open was a tough one for me. I think Roddick played really well. I was still little bit tired from Hamburg. But what I'm very happy about this year already is I made a breakthrough on the Masters Series, which I always thought was very important to do well there because everybody's playing and they have to play. I really hope now this year either in Wimbledon or US Open I can make a breakthrough. This is also what I'm expecting from myself also really.

Q. You did so well at, like you said before, at last year's US Open. It seemed like, you know, you got really hot. Seemed like you were going to ride that through to the later stages of the tournament, then you ran into another really hot player. Does that just speak to the depth of the tour?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, in the moment, I think it's at an unbelievable high level right now because -- or maybe it's also because it's not really somebody totally dominating, you know, even though Lleyton is quite a bit in front. But I still think there's a lot of players who can beat him, you know? It's not like maybe the years before. I actually quite look at this as something very interesting, and I'm actually enjoying the time. I hope that -- it's like a few young players like Roddick, myself, Ferrero, Safin, Hewitt, I hope really that I can be one of these five players that can really make it to the top in the future. I'm looking forward to a good challenge.

Q. I just wanted to ask about the length of the grass court season, whether you thought just having a sort of three-week season gave you enough time to adjust in time for Wimbledon.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think somebody from Wimbledon came up and spoke to me in Monte-Carlo and they asked me just what I thought about a one week longer grass courts. I mean, I had to say that of course I think it would be better to have a longer grass court season because it's kind of a really short season, you know? I mean, you play one tournament, you lose first round, and then you don't play the next week and you're already in Wimbledon. So I told him that I would like to have a longer grass court season, but at the same time I have to protect the Swiss tournament in Gstaad which is the week after Wimbledon. It's actually worthwhile thinking about having one more week of grass, I think. Otherwise, the season looks really short to me.

Q. Also, I just wanted to ask, with so many players missing this year, particularly the two finalists from last year, does that help your chances?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think now it's a lot of players - again, like five to ten players - who can really win this Wimbledon or are major favorites. As you said, I mean, Rafter is not playing, Ivanisevic is not playing, the both finalists from last year. So that obviously helps myself and other players for the possibility to win. But, I mean, we'll see who can take the chance and win it so...

Q. You were known for having a pretty firey personality when you were a junior coming up. Can you just talk about, I guess, how difficult you actually were back then and maybe the process of calming down over the years.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, when I was very young, when I started playing tennis -- well, I started very early, when I was three years old. But I was always swearing around the court and throwing my racquet - but really bad. So, I mean, my parents felt embarrassed and they would tell me to stop because they said they wouldn't come with me to tournaments anymore. So I had to kind of settle down. But this actually took me until I was maybe 19, maybe one or two years ago, which I really started to make improvements. Before I would still, like, complain on every point I would lose and all this stuff. So I don't now how I got over it. I kind of thought like I'm losing too much energy by always getting upset with myself. And now I'm totally calm. I got very good press at the French and Wimbledon for my behavior on the court. Yeah, but now I have to almost watch out that I'm not too calm sometimes on the court.

Q. I wanted to ask you a little bit about, you were talking a few minutes ago about how they're sort of wide open this year. Is it odd not to be mentioning Pete's name as the favorite? Until last year, until you ended his streak, he was sort of always the one people expected to win. Have times changed a lot?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've seen Pete play now in Halle last week. Obviously, he's still struggling a little bit because he hasn't had too many matches this year. But I still think he's for sure one of the guys to beat, even though he's maybe not a favorite like he was last year - just because he didn't win, you know, last year. But Pete is so dangerous on grass. I mean, the draws in a Grand Slam are much bigger, so he can play against less good players, you know? So he can find himself into the tournament, then he's going to be in the quarterfinals or semifinals again. This is when it's getting very dangerous. So I still give him a very good chance of playing really well or winning even the tournament.

Q. Could you talk, Roger, about your relationship with your coach and what sort of positive things he brings to the equation.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've known him for maybe four years now - three, four years now. I've been traveling with him privately for maybe a little bit over two years. Well, it's going really well, as we can see with the results. For me, it's just important also that the coach for me is at the same time also a very good friend. I spend with him a lot of time, I go with him to dinner every night. We call even each other when we have time off. So this really shows how good friends we are. Plus, he was a player before. He tries to teach me what I shouldn't do, you know, because he did some mistakes maybe in his career before. So he just wants me to not to do it. And he has helped me a lot over the -- since we working together. It's going well. I'm happy to have him as a coach.

Q. I see in the ATP Media Guide that you're a big fan of pro wrestling. Does he share your love of that sport, too?

ROGER FEDERER: Actually, I was actually a big fan when I was young. Always with my friends I would watch. Now, because I'm traveling so much, we hardly get the channel to watch it. But after, for a little bit. My coach, he doesn't like it at all so...

Q. Who was your favorite wrestler when you were younger and were able to watch it?

ROGER FEDERER: I always liked The Undertaker a little bit. Now I like The Rock a lot. But I hardly see the guys. So it's tough to follow it up.

GREG SHARKO: Any other follow-ups? (No response). Roger, thanks again for joining us. Good luck the rest of the week and, of course, at the Championships beginning next week.

ROGER FEDERER: Okay. See you all, bye-bye.

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Yeah, Lily, at other Grand Slam sites they usually have the interviews written down (or both video). But maybe they didn't have time to type it, yet, with so many players to interview?
But your resourcefulness is fully aprreciated here, and the other interview was good, even if a bit 'old'. (I think i already read that one somewhere) Candid, but he's definitely no blockhead, on the contrary, i'm jealous he speaks so many languages fluently. Wow...


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Tennis-Federer express back on track with first round win

By Steve Keating

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - After the Australian Open it appeared only a matter of time before Roger Federer would claim his first grand slam title.

But when the U.S. Open began on Monday, the talented Swiss was just trying to win his first grand slam match in eight months.

A season that has been unravelling like a cheap racket took a small positive turn for Federer as he battled his way into the second round of the year's final grand slam with a tense 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5 win over Czech Jiri Vanek.

While a broad smile broke across Federer's face when he cracked backhand cross-court winner to clinch his first hardcourt win of the season, the 13th seed was extremely critical of his performance.

"I advanced to the second round but I don't really see much positive out of this match," said Federer, who produced seven double faults and more unforced errors than his Czech opponent.

"I didn't feel very good.

"The only thing that really helps right now is to win a few matches because lately I haven't been winning at all."

PROMISING TALENT

Promoted as one of the sport's promising young talents, Federer began the year looking as if he might challenge Australia's Lleyton Hewitt for the number one spot.

A victory in Sydney followed by final appearances in Milan and Miami and a Masters Series win in Hamburg over Marat Safin elevated the 21-year-old Swiss to a career high number eight in the world rankings.

But a first round exit at the French Open followed by another at Wimbledon has sent Federer into a tailspin that he has yet to pull out of.

Before arriving at Flushing Meadows, his only victory since Wimbledon was a first round win on home clay in Gstaad followed by opening round collapses at Master Series stops in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Federer has also been dealing with the tragic death of mentor and Swiss Davis Cup coach Peter Carter, who was killed in a car crash earlier this month.

"I still don't feel great," said Federer. "What has happened outside of tennis and also on the tennis today wasn't that great.

"I'm playing more safe.

"Sometimes you try to play too safe and you miss. And my footwork is not right on like it use to be because the confidence is missing."

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just a little something from the US Open and it seems like his confidence is growing!

R. FEDERER/M. Chang
6-3, 6-1, 6-3

MODERATOR: Questions for Roger.

Q. You really showed your full arsenal tonight, brought out everything. Do you think you played a lot better than your first-round match?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's a different match. You know, the first one was very little confidence, different opponent. You know, against Michael, you always get into the rally because his second serve is not very good, so you can kind of put it into play, you know, quite easy.
For me, obviously it's quite convenient because either I can chip and charge sometimes on big points or I can just play deep and then get into the point, you know.
From the baseline with him I feel like he can't really hit a winner against me, I can always run them down. I don't put too much pressure on myself to hit the winner right away. I know even if he attacks me, it's not so, so dangerous maybe like somebody else.
But, yeah, I'm happy the way it went today. Very good one and a half sets, two sets. For a while, it was very, very good.

Q. Confidence rising?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, definitely. Also, I mean, I hit some really good shots today which helps, makes me feel good, you know, when I hit some good shots.

Q. New feeling after a while?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, it was a pity in that third set that the ball was called in, which was called good, because really then I felt like I was playing my best. That kind of got me down. I was like very disappointed that the umpire didn't see that. I mean, I can't believe he missed it really.

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MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Coming into the tournament here, obviously you weren't in the best of form. Is there something specific that's turned around for you here at the US Open?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I mean, I was not playing very well at all lately. That's why for me it was just important to win that first-round match, you know, just to get the sensation of winning again.
That was a difficult match for me. I didn't play very well. I got a little nervous in the end. Went to a fourth set. That first match was very important to get me back in the rhythm.
Against Chang I played a really good match. Today also, I could feel that I'm kind of back. It feels very good.
Q. What did you feel was different out there when you were on the court from a couple of matches ago? Is it your confidence?
ROGER FEDERER: A little bit confidence, for sure, yes. Otherwise today, even though I lost the first set, I was just staying positive out there, trying to come back strong the second set. That worked really well.
I felt mentally I was very good already against Chang. Compared to the first-round match, I was still very, very negative, very down on myself, very disappointed quickly.
So now in the last two matches, I really felt like this is how I can play, should play, and I am playing. That was a nice feeling today.
Q. How far do you feel from your best level, the level you had at the beginning of the year?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it's tough to say, but I think I'm not so far away. I'm playing well. I still think maybe I can do a few things better. I don't know. He also hit some good shots, you know, in the right moments.
I'm actually very happy right now. I really have to look match for match because I just don't have enough matches under my belt to look further in the draw. The next round match will be against a friend, no matter who wins. It will be a special match for me.
Q. You had a bit of a slide towards the end of 2001, then you bounced back. Can you compare sort of the feeling then to now? Do you feel like you're getting into that sort of red hot form or is it different?
ROGER FEDERER: It is different because last year I came back from injury in Wimbledon, I didn't play till the US Open. I came here, played the fourth round. But I was still hurting a little bit with my groin. That took me like until maybe I would say Basel, until it really went away. Basel was I think the second to the last tournament of the season. I never really got enough matches and enough confidence to play well in the indoors. That was disappointing because I think I still had a chance, a small chance obviously, for the Masters. In the end, I had no chance because I just couldn't get my rhythm.
This year other things have happened outside of the court. I lost a lot of confidence. Wimbledon this year was for me a tough tournament. That didn't help.
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The Swiss Scent of Success





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Sunday, July 6, 2003



Conducting a breathtaking master class in the art of grass court tennis, Roger Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Wimbledon Singles title when he defeated Australian Mark Philippoussis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in one hour 56 minutes. It was an occasion when sheer all-round skill and grace was too much for the sort of raw power which has frequently won the day previously on Centre Court.

Philippoussis came into the final having walloped 164 aces in his previous six matches in The Championships. Today he was able to add just 14 to that tally, as his big game was blunted and ultimately destroyed by the player John McEnroe believes is the best to emerge in men's tennis for 10 years.

Federer celebrated his 21st birthday last August, but he came of age in tennis terms today with an exhibition to match the brilliance of his semi-final win over Andy Roddick. In those two contests Federer overcame two of the best servers in the sport.

Martina Hingis won the Ladies' Singles title for Switzerland in 1997, but on the men's side Federer's victory is the crowning tennis achievement for that country, eclipsing Marc Rosset's gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

This was Federer's fifth appearance at Wimbledon; three times he has made an ignominious first round exit. He made the quarter-finals in 2001, when he caught the world's attention by halting the winning sequence of defending champion Pete Sampras with a five-set upset on Centre Court.

Today, on that same court, Federer burst into tears as he thanked the Swiss supporters who had flocked to London over the weekend to cheer him on. In the competitors' box his coach, Peter Lundgren, was also crying.

Perhaps the tears should have been shed by Philippoussis. Fancied by many to blow away his Swiss opponent with huge serving, the Australian was frustrated at every turn. In fact, Federer outgunned Philippoussis in aces, 21 to 14. Fatally, the 'Scud' did not manage to reach break point on the Federer serve, and got to deuce once just once.

It was a stupendous display from Federer; in the first set he dropped just six points on serve, including one in the tiebreak. In the second set Philippoussis scraped another six points against the Swiss man’s serve, and it was the same in the third. It was as good a display of the art of serving as one is likely to see.

The exchanges were frequently brutal in their intensity and extended rallies were rare, especially in the first set as they exchanged games and moved inexorably towards a tiebreak. Along the way, Philippoussis unleashed the biggest ace of the match, at 138mph, but a double-fault in the tiebreak gave Federer two set points. On the first one, Federer struck a forehand wide, but on the second Philippoussis' mistimed forehand service return sailed yards out of court.

Philippoussis was downcast and was immediately punished again, dropping serve in the opening game of the second set. This game demonstrated, perhaps more than any other, the genius of Federer. He opened the door with a top spun forehand pass and moved to break point with a stunning cross-court forehand which was too accurate even for the giant wingspan of the Australian at the net. The bemused Aussie then snatched at a Federer backhand and netted the volley.

Federer broke again for a 3-0 lead as Philippoussis' resolve wilted. The Swiss found himself up two sets to love after 71 minutes.

In the third set Philippoussis fought off a break point in the third game, assisted by an overrule from umpire Gerry Armstrong which awarded the Australian an ace instead of what would have been a double-fault and loss of service. Replays showed that the overrule was correct; chalk did indeed fly.

It was of little use. Philippoussis got to deuce in the next game but the tide was now flowing strongly in Federer's favour. At 5-5 Philippoussis saved two break points to earn himself another tiebreak opportunity, only to drop the opening point in that, too, by netting a backhand.

Federer surged to a 6-1 lead, and five championship points. The Australian saved two of them but then netted a backhand return. Switzerland had a new hero.



Written by Ronald Atkin


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