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Roger Federer defeats Mariano Zabaleta 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:27 AM
Congrats Roger!

Zabaleta, a player who defeated Federer in Miami a couple of years ago, played very good tennis.

The first couple of games, no free points for either player.

At 2-2 in the first set, Roger Federer wins 5 consecutive games. Zabaleta wins points in several games, but never holds.



In the second set, they fight in each game. At 4-3, Federer breaks Zabaleta's serve and is ready to erve for the set.

But Roger loses the next three points and is down 0-40. He saves two break points, but Zabaleta gets the break in the third.

Zabaleta wins 4 games in a row and takes the second set.

Finally, Roger takes the third set 6-3 and wins the match.




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euroka1
03-29-2005, 02:28 AM
Well folks, that wasn't boring!

Yonge
03-29-2005, 02:29 AM
Wow, I thought Roger was gonna finish him off in the 2nd.

jmgsdoubsprtnr
03-29-2005, 02:31 AM
psssh, like this needs a thread of its own. :rolleyes:
congrats fed :worship:
even more, congrats to Zab who played a good, exciting match, and took a set!

next up: Ancic. will he have a chance? i think not. no offense :shrug:

jazz_girl
03-29-2005, 02:32 AM
Mariano!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
I know it wasn't Federer's day at all, but still I loved how Mariano fought till the very end, never gave up and left his heart out there. I thought he deserved to win it, but it's Roger after all. Anyway, there are not a lot of players out there that can say they actually won a set to Federer.
Mariano, well done :yeah:

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:37 AM
Hey, he beat him in Miami a couple of years ago. It was no fluke

Go Mariano!

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:39 AM
And Mariano was taking advantage of all the unforced errors.

At 5-3 in the second set, Roger started having a lot of UE errors

And Mariano's winners were on their way up. That forehand!

Sjengster
03-29-2005, 02:39 AM
psssh, like this needs a thread of its own. :rolleyes:
congrats fed :worship:
even more, congrats to Zab who played a good, exciting match, and took a set!

next up: Ancic. will he have a chance? i think not. no offense :shrug:

I think we know this one merited a thread. ;)

Ancic has no offence? First I've heard of it. I hardly think that's going to be his problem against Federer.

I will reserve judgement until I see the highlights of this tomorrow afternoon, but Zabaleta has pushed Federer close in both his clay-court victories and beat him here in Miami in 2000, so with the crowd behind him and the sting on his forehand, it's no surprise that he made the match tight.

Daniela_CABJ
03-29-2005, 02:41 AM
ITS NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
Mariano has a great game and :shout: :shout: :shout: !!!!!!!! i think im gonna cry :bigcry:
Mariano made me feel really proud of being argentinian

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:42 AM
I will reserve judgement until I see the highlights of this tomorrow afternoon, but Zabaleta has pushed Federer close in both his clay-court victories and beat him here in Miami in 2000, so with the crowd behind him and the sting on his forehand, it's no surprise that he made the match tight.
Definitely.

Sjengster
03-29-2005, 02:44 AM
ITS NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
Mariano has a great game and :shout: :shout: :shout: !!!!!!!! i think im gonna cry :bigcry:
Mariano made me feel really proud of being argentinian

:hug: I hope Zabaleta has a good claycourt season and defends his points from Rome, he plays with flair and he deserves some reward in the senior ranks for his great junior career.

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:46 AM
He's ready for theclay season, Sjengster!

jazz_girl
03-29-2005, 02:47 AM
ITS NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
Mariano has a great game and :shout: :shout: :shout: !!!!!!!! i think im gonna cry :bigcry:
Mariano made me feel really proud of being argentinian
Dani, I'm feeling the same way :hug: At first I didn't think he had a chance against him, but after watching the match, I'm sure he could have taken it. I'm sooooo sad and proud at the same time!

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 02:52 AM
And jazz girl, Mariano did something Canas couldn't

He could hold serve and break.

Because Canas won a lot of points in amost every game in IW, but he didn't win the games.

Roger could've won the match at 5-3 in the second, but that's when Mariano got his 4 games in a row to win the set.

Zabaleta, :worship:

jazz_girl
03-29-2005, 02:55 AM
And jazz girl, Mariano did something Canas couldn't

He could hold serve and break.

Because Canas won a lot of points in amost every game in IW, but he didn't win the games.

Roger could've qon the match at 5-3 in the second, but that's when Mariano got his 4 games in a row to win the set.

Zabaleta, :worship:
I know :)

jmp
03-29-2005, 03:13 AM
Great, great match from both men! :clap2:

Congratulations, Roger! :D Way to fight, Mariano! :D

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 03:36 AM
Top-seeded Swiss Roger Federer posted a third- round victory Monday at the lucrative NASDAQ-100 Open.

Federer, the top-ranked player in the world, needed three sets to dispose of Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Federer notched 31 winners in the victory, but also uncorked 42 unforced errors in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

Next up for Federer in the fourth round will be 18th-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia. Ancic picked up a win on Monday, as he pasted 16th-seeded German Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-4.

Earlier, six-time champion Andre Agassi was an easy winner, while 2004 runner- up Guillermo Coria went by way of the upset.

The ninth-seeded Agassi breezed past Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4 at Crandon Park Tennis Center. The speedy Clement also lost to Agassi in the 2001 Australian Open final.

The 34-year-old Agassi handled Clement in 69 minutes, with the help of 12 aces and four service breaks.

Agassi's fourth-round opponent will be 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, an easy 6-2, 6-3 victor against 27th-seeded Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, the 1999 Miami runner-up. The Argentine Gaudio is seeded seventh at this 12-day Masters Series tournament.

The fourth-seeded Coria was ousted by 31st-seeded American Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-4 on Day 6 here. The clay-court specialist Coria, who lost to Gaudio in last year's all-Argentine French Open final, bowed out against American favorite Andy Roddick in last year's Miami championship match.

Dent beat a top-10 player for the fourth time this season, with his other big wins coming against Aussie Open runner-up Lleyton Hewitt, Aussie Open champ Marat Safin and David Nalbandian.

Another upset occurred when capable German Florian Mayer knocked out 15th- seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3. The hard-hitting Gonzalez captured singles bronze and doubles gold at last year's Olympic Games in Athens. Mayer will meet Dent in the round of 16.

Sixth-seeded Englishman Tim Henman avoided an upset by belting 28th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-1. Henman will meet 23rd-ranked Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the next round. Stepanek rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over American Jeff Morrison on Monday.

The winner of this $3.45 million event will pocket $533,350

Art&Soul
03-29-2005, 03:50 AM
Well done Rogi for making this match so intersting after having the first match point so easily :D Congrats to Zabaleta too for keep fighting till the end ;) And of course the point of the match is the lob from Federer's awesome as always :cool:

NYCtennisfan
03-29-2005, 04:03 AM
It was no contest until 5-3 Fed serving for the match in the 2nd set. Federer played some horrible shots and Zabaleta started to play well. It was really amazing to see this guy not give up. Most would have and lost in straights. He also got to deuce a few times on Federer's serve in the last set. A point here or there and Zabaleta might have won.

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 04:22 AM
It was no contest until 5-3 Fed serving for the match in the 2nd set. Federer played some horrible shots and Zabaleta started to play well. It was really amazing to see this guy not give up. Most would have and lost in straights. He also got to deuce a few times on Federer's serve in the last set. A point here or there and Zabaleta might have won.
Mariano "Adrenaline" Zabaleta.

jmgsdoubsprtnr
03-29-2005, 04:31 AM
Ancic has no offence? First I've heard of it. I hardly think that's going to be his problem against Federer.
i didn't mean this in a way that mario has no offensive game. i just meant no offense to mario's fans when i said that i don't think he can beat Fed. sorry for the confusion. i think mario's a great player.

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 04:43 AM
Mario is next?

When? Tomorrow?

dylan24
03-29-2005, 04:53 AM
Mario is next?

When? Tomorrow?
yes

star
03-29-2005, 05:22 AM
Maybe someone should start the "Ohmygod! Fed lost a set" theread. :lol:

NATAS81
03-29-2005, 05:23 AM
Props to Zabaleta for taking a set off Fed since the beloved Croat.

NATAS81
03-29-2005, 05:36 AM
Beloved!
You make it your personal goal to bump all of the Federer threads, don't you? :angel:

darnyelb
03-29-2005, 05:43 AM
I realized how spoiled I am being a fan of the Ninja. I hated seeing him just lose a set LOL.

But, glad he won. Zabaleta should be proud of himself though.

RonE
03-29-2005, 05:43 AM
A little close for comfort but well done Roger- not a pretty sight from what I have heard so far but credit for keeping it together when it mattered :yeah:

bad gambler
03-29-2005, 05:51 AM
zab had enough chances to win

good try though

Smankyou
03-29-2005, 06:17 AM
Good effort Mariano.

bad gambler
03-29-2005, 06:26 AM
Good effort Mariano.


i know you are crushed - coz if he won he would have taken off his shirt and thrown it into the crowd

liptea
03-29-2005, 06:27 AM
i know you are crushed - coz if he won he would have taken off his shirt and thrown it into the crowd

Someone needs to tell Mariano that greasy, long hair is detracting from his hotness.

Smankyou
03-29-2005, 06:27 AM
i know you are crushed - coz if he won he would have taken off his shirt and thrown it into the crowd
No Foxtel. I wouldn't have seen it anyway! :p

tennischick
03-29-2005, 06:28 AM
Someone needs to tell Mariano that greasy, long hair is detracting from his hotness.
yeah, that was his priority when he showed up in Miami :rolleyes: :retard:

bad gambler
03-29-2005, 06:28 AM
No Foxtel. I wouldn't have seen it anyway! :p


one more reason for you to get it - could you live with yourself if that had happened and you missed it? :p

liptea
03-29-2005, 06:29 AM
yeah, that was his priority when he showed up in Miami :rolleyes: :retard:

Sorry, I didn't mean it to sound like that's all I was looking at. (already posted once in this thread) I was rooting for him, but that hair scared me. I hope he bathes.

Action Jackson
03-29-2005, 06:30 AM
No Foxtel. I wouldn't have seen it anyway! :p

I almost taped that match, but I was at home so I decided to watch it live instead.

Smankyou
03-29-2005, 06:32 AM
one more reason for you to get it - could you live with yourself if that had happened and you missed it? :p
I could always get you to tape it for me, and send it over. But nooooooo you wouldn't help a girl out, would ya?

In all honesty, you're taunting has inched me closer to getting it. I mean, it's not that expensive.

Smankyou
03-29-2005, 06:33 AM
I almost taped that match, but I was at home so I decided to watch it live instead.
Taunt with a capital T, my dear. :p

Action Jackson
03-29-2005, 06:42 AM
Taunt with a capital T, my dear. :p

Problem is that they don't replay matches from Miami, unlike they do in the 3 best TMS events upcoming. I wished I taped the Zabaleta/Henman match from Rome last year.

It was enjoyable enough as a match, that's the best thing I can say about it. Lasse Graff made a couple of bad calls, it didn't change the match.

federer_roar
03-29-2005, 06:47 AM
:woohoo:

Roger-No.1
03-29-2005, 11:02 AM
Mario Ancic, next rival

deliveryman
03-29-2005, 05:42 PM
Anyone else see that one crucial mistake that Zabaleta made that basically caused him the match? He went after that weak Federer back-hand that was sailing way out wide, giving Roger the break in the 3rd set and the match.

erik-the-red
03-29-2005, 10:09 PM
Yes, that one mistake by Zabaleta gave Federer the easy put-away and the match.

flyingmachine
03-29-2005, 10:16 PM
:woohoo:

Daniel
04-03-2005, 04:17 AM
Roger :hug:

Smankyou
04-03-2005, 04:30 AM
Roger :hug:
:lol: Did you bump this up just to give Roger a hug?

Dude, you Roger fans are hardcore.

PaulieM
04-03-2005, 04:53 AM
:lol: Did you bump this up just to give Roger a hug?

Dude, you Roger fans are hardcore.
Smankyou, i miss the old avatar:sad: