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03-08-2004 11:10 PM
Re: Rogi at Dubai

Thanks for the article Tangerine!

GO FED!!!!!!!!
03-08-2004 03:44 PM
tangerine_dream Love yer smile, babe

Federer retains Dubai title

World number one Roger Federer became the first player to retain the Dubai Open when he came from a set down to defeat Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-1 6-2.

The Australian Open champion started badly and after dropping his serve in the opening game, he failed to convert five break points at 4-3 down.

However Federer started to find his rhythm in the second set and broke twice to take the match into a decider.

Federer dominated the third set and dropped just four points on his serve.

The Swiss star afterwards paid tribute to his Spanish opponent, who impressed in his first ATP tour final.

"I really had to fight hard and I think Feliciano is definitely going to win his first title soon," said Federer.

"He started very well and it was really difficult for me to come back. I had a little more experience.

"He played unbelievable tennis, I thought.

"I played good tennis except for that first game, and he came up with some unbelievable shots, unbelievable power, great serving and he totally deserved that first set.

"This means very much to me, to come back from a set down in a final. I don't remember if I ever did this before.

"Except for that first game I thought I played a perfect match."

Lopez was positive despite the defeat, saying, "I'm happy because I played great tennis this week and I was close today against the best player in the world."
03-08-2004 01:49 PM
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I know it's a little bit late to be here, but it's never late to congratulate my Roger and cheer for him! So far so good! 2 titles out of 3 official tourneys...16-1 in 2004...lead the champion race ranking by quite a mile...#1 already for 5 weeks and still much likely to go far...anymore can I ask for?

Now good luck in US Roger! You still have much to gain there. Take your form and mental strength. Hope you grab one of them, even both I'd like to see

Take a good rest!
03-08-2004 11:41 AM
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Congrats and go,Rogi!
03-08-2004 04:08 AM
Action Jackson
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Lceh, the tournament doesn't start to Wednesday and the top 32 have a bye, so hence that is why he is playing later in the week.
03-08-2004 03:58 AM
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So excited for Rogi's second title of the year and man...doesn't Rogi look extremely happy too??? In fact he said after the win : "this title is very high in his rankings"

Some of the quotes from the after match interview of both players :

Federer: "He definitely played good tennis and it was difficult to comeback against him especially to give him the lead like I did after I got broken in the very first game. I knew right away when I gave him that start it would be difficult. I had many, many chances to come back but I felt it (the match) could swing away so I was happy to change some things in the second set and from then on it went really well. I changed my return, because every time I had break chances on the "ad court" and every time I thought I played a good point but I lost it. So I had to take more risk."

"I thought he played unbelievable tennis in the first set and came up with some great shots, big power, great serving and he totally deserved the first set."

(How do you rate this win and title?) "Very high! Especially to comeback from a set down and to win, it's very difficult in general in tennis especially in the finals. I thought experience could play a role, and it did a little bit because he probably got a little frustrated. This (title) is very high in my rankings, defending title is something else than winning the first time."

Lopez: "Well I'm happy because I had a great week. I was playing so good especially at the beginning of the match. I was close today, I almost beat the best player in the world so I have to be happy."

"He (Federer) was returning my serve so good and then he served unbelievable in the second and third sets. He was getting better and better as the match went on but I was getting a little down as the match went on. The thing is, I was playing wonderful tennis in the first set but it's not easy to keep it going."

(What did you learn from this experience?) "Many things, I get confidence for the next tournament and then the experience, to play with Roger in a final. We have played three times and he has beaten me three times, I have always played good with him and I have always lost which means he is a very good player, he's the best player. This is a great experience. "
03-08-2004 02:32 AM
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Hey George, I hope Rogi will do well at IW too. But it's probably gonna be tough with so many top players out there. But I heard that Rogi won't play until the end of the first week, can anyone explain that to me?
03-08-2004 02:30 AM
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Well done Rogi

Great fightback Roger and great recent record
03-08-2004 02:06 AM
Action Jackson
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Thank goodness Roger won I didn't want him to lose to Lopez, but if he argued a call it must have been out by metres.

Move onto IW and do your best that's all anyone can ask.
03-08-2004 02:04 AM
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Sunday March 7, 09:13 PM
Federer retains Dubai title

DUBAI (AFP) - World number one Roger Federer became the first man to successfully defend the Dubai Open title when he defeated unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sundays final.

The top seeded Swiss player claimed his second title of the year, after the Australian Open, and the 13th title of his career.

It also ensured that Federer would maintain a cushion of at least 400 points at the top of the world rankings over Juan Carlos Ferrero, and edge further ahead of the third-placed Andy Roddick, who lost in the semi-finals in Scottsdale.

But Federer was given a tough time for a set and a half by the 22-year-old left-hander who was playing in the first ATP final of his career and could now reach the top 20 for the first time.

The Wimbledon champion showed his growing maturity as he weathered a storm of tremendous attacking from Lopez, before taking control.

"I'm very happy - it's been a great week for me," said Federer. "He started really well and it was difficult to come back and I had to fight hard. I had a little more experience but I think he is definitely going to win his first title soon."

Federer made an indifferent start, and ultimately it was this which cost him the first set. He put a backhand volley wide, without being under great pressure, to go 30-40 down, and followed it with a forehand drive over-hit to lose his serve.

It did wonders for Lopez's confidence in his first ATP final, particularly after he managed to cling on to his first service game after a shaky couple of points.

Soon he was striking inside out forehands which had great speed and good disguise and put Federer under pressure almost every time he connected with them.

He also showed quickly that he could win points from the forecourt or the back with about equal facility.

When Federer got a dreadful call in the sixth game - a Lopez delivery on the sideline was so long that even the sporting Swiss player protested - it created the feeling that the fates were not aligned in his favour.

But he made a big attempt to break back in the eighth game. It had seven deuces and Lopez survived five break points, though he might not have survived the first had Federer not sliced a disappointing backhand down the line into the tramlines.

The other four however were superbly saved by Lopez, who was building up some assertive serving, especially to the backhand court, and beginning to move around as if he felt he could win.

When serving for the set he slipped to 30-40 down but retrieved it with a winning smash-forehand drive combination despite some wonderfully athletic defence by Federer.

But the match changed direction after four games of the second set. Lopez had a winning opportunity at the net and missed an open court to go break point down, and Federer converted it by working his way to the net and putting away his volley.

Soon it was 4-1 as Federer held and 5-1 as Lopez played an indifferent service game, with the mood of the match shifting markedly as well. Federer closed out the set easily and looked more relaxed.

He continued into the final set by applying steady pressure while ensuring Lopez played plenty of balls.

It paid dividends. From a medium paced ball the young Spaniard put an attacking forehand into the net to go 30-40 down, and from a quiet little rolled backhand Lopez volleyed into the net to drop serve again.

That put Federer 2-1 up, and soon he had a double break, this time gifted to him by an opponent who was starting to feel the pressure and was responding erratically.

In his next service game at 40-30 Lopez slashed a high forehand volley into the net from right on top of it, and followed it with a half volley wide and another missed forehand volley in his next two net attacks.

It ended the match as a contest. Lopez saved a match point in his next service game, but 22-year-old Federer closed out the match on his serve without fuss.

"I thought he might keep it up," said Federer.

"But I found a way of doing something different on my returns, especially in the ad (advantage) court. It helped me to have played a left-hander (Jarkko Nieminen) the day before.

"Defending the title is something else and it's always special to come from a set down."

Lopez, 22, said: "I think I was close today, but he got better and better and I got down on myself.

"I always play well against Roger and he always beats me. But I will get confidence from this."
03-07-2004 11:34 PM
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Gongratulations Rogi!!!!!!

I'm over the moon!

Keep it up!
03-07-2004 09:18 PM
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YEAHHHH well done Fed!!!!!!!! Congrats, I'm so happy! Well done, now continue! GO ROGI!
03-07-2004 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrs. B
ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer became the first back-to-back champion at the Dubai Tennis Championships when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final. Federer improved to 16-1 on the season by claiming his second title of the year and 13th title of his career. The Swiss has won 21 of 22 matches dating back to his victory at Tennis Masters Cup Houston.

lucky 13, eh?
Hee hee, I was thinking that too, Mrs. B.!

Rogi!! Nice stats... hope Rogi can hold on to #1 for at least another 3 weeks...
03-07-2004 07:24 PM
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Nice turnaround Rogi!!!
Now take 1 or both of the two TMS coming up!!
03-07-2004 07:16 PM
Mrs. B
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ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer became the first back-to-back champion at the Dubai Tennis Championships when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final. Federer improved to 16-1 on the season by claiming his second title of the year and 13th title of his career. The Swiss has won 21 of 22 matches dating back to his victory at Tennis Masters Cup Houston.

lucky 13, eh?
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