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Roger Wins The Final Showdown!

Roger defeated Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals in London 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1 today, defeating the current number one of the world at the inofficial [sic] World Championships! 

Roger has won the prestigious season-ending-event five times now after his last victory in 2007. He certainly proved that he is hot for the 2011 season. "I am already looking forward to the training starting beginning of December. The start of the season won't be easy as I will have to defend my title at the Australian Open, my only Grand Slam title this year. And staying uninjured will also be an important aspect," Roger said.

Roger played his absolute best today, attacking with his forehand and serving well throughout almost the entire match. After the two players split the first two sets, each breaking the other's serve once, Roger had the first opportunity to break in the third set when Nadal sent a forehand wide in the fourth game. Our champ then took advantage of a second serve to race the net and Nadal drove a forehand pass wide to give Roger a 3-1 lead. Roger then held serve and gained two break points in the next game. He needed just one to grab a commanding 5-1 lead after Nadal netted a backhand. He then opened a 40-0 lead in the final game before Nadal won a point, but Roger smacked a forehand past the Spaniard, not sure whether it was in or not at first, celebrating his victory as he saw the linesman's hands were still held together.

From a fan from rogerfederer.com:

World #7 beaten in straights
World #5 beaten in straights
World #4 beaten in straights
World #3 beaten in straights
World #1 beaten in three.
Back to back to back to back to back...
By a 29 year old father of two who has achieved all his wildest dreams in tennis....
Because he loves this sport.

And his 2010 head to head with his closest rivals:

Federer 1-1 Nadal (winning the most important one, tee-hee)
Federer 2-2 Murray (winning the two most important ones, tee-hee)
Federer 4-1 Djokovic
Federer 2-1 Soderling

Some quotes from am ATP article by James Buddell.

“I have no plans at all - stopping, quitting, whatever you want to call it,”
“[I] hope I can play for many more years to come. [I] enjoy it and take pleasure out of traveling the world, playing against the best, challenging myself in practice and so forth.

“It's been an amazing career. The memories I take away from this are much greater than all the money I won.”

“I'm really thrilled the way I played all week. To win a fifth time is obviously amazing. I'm very happy to have won such a prestigious tournament. You ask all the top guys, we love this event.

“I'm just really happy the way I was able to finish the season in style, playing some of my best tennis, really saving the best for last. I believe I can have another great season in 2011.”
“I've had a good season. I had some tough losses, sure. You're not going to win every tournament you play. Obviously I can't play every season, make 16 out of 17 finals like I did back in 2005. It's just not realistic.

“I think tennis, the men's game, is at an absolute high right now, with a lot of exciting games being played, with a lot of respect.

“Also, I think having had me and Rafa both make the career Grand Slam already at a young age I think is great for the game. We're obviously playing not only for ourselves and beating the other guys, but also for history. I think there's a lot at stake always in all our matches we play. I think it's wonderful.

“I always knew it was going to be an interesting match [today]. I think we obviously have a huge amount of respect for each other. I admire his game. Today was another great match, I thought, with some fantastic rallies. I know it doesn't take anything away from his great season, because it was magnificent.”

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/milk8812#p/u/9/7PVNSSFgy8s
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_OHbzy1zOE
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAzonr2tJ94
Ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg2EzD25HiA

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