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Old 03-07-2004, 04:49 PM   #151
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suddenly thought of if it's a match between Andre and Lopez, it'll be the match of "the bold and the beautiful"

ok I'll stop, dumb joke...
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Old 03-07-2004, 06:16 PM   #152
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I thought it was funny, any how, good luck Roger. Beat that pretty boy!!
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Rogi won! 4:6 6:1 6:2.

Scared me when he lost the first set, but then he came back and won it! Too bad it wasn't broadcasted...
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lsy good one
good job Rogi, second title of the season.

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2nd title 2004


..well done ROGER!!!!
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Supercalifragilistiexpialidocious!!!!
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Our Ninja awoke and murdered Lopez. INCREDIBLE GAME RAISING ABILITY!!!!!!!
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First time any player defended their title in Dubai!!

Rogi, you are too cool!!

Good job by Feli -- he knows how to bother Rogi -- he'll win another time. Nice to see young Spaniards doing well [mind you, I wish Tommy and Alex could do better... ].

You have to ask who's the beautiful one?? Rogi, of course...

Now #1 for 5 weeks tomorrow!!
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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.

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Nice turnaround Rogi!!!
Now take 1 or both of the two TMS coming up!!
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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?
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...
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YEAHHHH well done Fed!!!!!!!! Congrats, I'm so happy! Well done, now continue! GO ROGI!
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Gongratulations Rogi!!!!!!

I'm over the moon!

Keep it up!
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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."

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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.
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