Federer Wins Third Consecutive 2004 Title at ATP Gstaad



Posted on July 12, 2004


Roger Federer will now get a well-earned rest.

The Swiss world No. 1 beat unseeded Russian Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on the dirt to win the Swiss Open at Gstaad Sunday. It was Federer's third successive tournament title after winning on grass at Halle and Wimbledon.

"Now I want to take this momentum with me into the next two tournaments and try to keep winning," Federer said. "Winning three titles in a row is something new for me. It is the first time I've done it. Three times I have attempted to win a title in Switzerland and now I have done it here in Gstaad and it means a lot to me. It is something I have dreamed of doing since I was a boy."

Federer had lost his three previous finals in Switzerland at 2000 Basel, 2001 Basel, and 2003 Gstaad. Now Fed will take two weeks off before the Masters Series-Toronto. It is the seventh title this year for Federer, the same number he won all of last year.

In the doubles final the top-seeded team of Leander Paes and David Rikl ended the run of Swiss wildcards Marc Rosset and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.

At Newport Sunday, Brit Greg Rusedski captured his second Newport title, 11 years after his first, with a 7-6(5), 7-6(2) win over German giant Alexander "My Serve Has" Popp in two tiebreaks. After the match Rusedski flipped the bird to critics who said his career was at an end during his drug accusations by the ATP earlier this year.

"My critics were basically telling me to retire," Rusedski said. "I'm glad I hung in there. I think the advantage I had over Popp is this was his first final and it was my 25th. This is the start of a comeback. I had a miserable two years."

In the doubles final, No. 3 seeds Jordan Kerr/Jim Thomas beat Frenchmen Gregory Carraz/Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 for their first title of the year as a team.

The rain-delayed Monday final at Bastad will be an all-Argentine with No. 2 seed Gaston Gaudio (d. Soderling in the Sunday semi) against No. 8 seed Mariano Zabaleta (d. No. 6 Gonzalez). Gaudio leads their career meetings 2-1.

The doubles final will be (1)Bhupathi/Bjorkman vs. Aspelin/Perry.

FED CUP QUARTERFINAL RESULTS

U.S. at Austria -- Austria Wins 4-1
Site:
Bergisel Stadion, Innsbruck, Austria
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)

The U.S. pays for the general disinterest of superstars the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport by their "C"-team getting dumped by Austria. After a 1-1 tie on day one, Austria clinched with two singles wins by Barbara Schett (d. Rubin) and Barbara Schwartz (d. Raymond 10-8 in the third) on Sunday. "I had her a couple of times, but I didn't put the nail in the coffin," Raymond said. American Jill Craybas then went down in history as blowing Martina Navratilova's perfect 40-0 Fed Cup record, teaming with the veteran legend to lose 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 to Schett/Wartusch in the dead rubber doubles.

Russia at Argentina -- Russia Wins 4-1
Site:
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)

Russia clinches in the first two singles Sunday with powerhouses Anastasia Myskina (d. Dulko) and Vera Zvonareva (d. Diaz-Oliva). In the dead-rubber doubles, Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva beat Dulko/Tarabini in three.

France at Italy -- France Wins 3-2
Site:
Circolo Tennis Rimini, Rimini, Italy
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)

France took a 2-0 lead into Sunday, then clinched with Amelie Mauresmo beating Francesca Schiavone. Italy won the two dead rubber matches.

Belgium at Spain -- Spain Wins 3-2
Site:
Club Nazaret, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)

The monstrous underdog Belgians took a 2-0 lead into Sunday, but the Spaniards stomped on their dreams with three straight wins by Anabel "Funky Cold" Medina Garrigues (d. Callens), Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (d. Flipkens) and Garrigues/Virginia Ruano Pascual (d. Callens/Flipkens), all without dropping a set.

ATP PREVIEWS

Andre Agassi is testing the bad hip as the lone Top 10 headliner this week in LA, but the high-priced glitz and parties surrounding the event will make up for the lack of star power for the locals. The TV audience will get its annual look at the "B"-American-heavy field of former stars and also-rans such as Mark Philippoussis, Tommy Haas, Greg Rusedski and Wayne Ferreira. Seven other seeded players join Agassi in Paradorn "The Thai Fighter" Srichaphan, Mardy Fish, Dominik "The Dominator" Hrbaty, Sjeng Schalken, Vince Spadea, Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri. First round match-ups of interest are (1)Agassi vs. Alex Bogomolov, Jr. in an all-American match-up (winner to likely face Philippoussis), (8)Ginepri vs. Haas, (6)Spadea vs. the underrated Frenchman Cyril Saulnier, (7)Dent vs. Rusedski in a serving contest, (4)The Dominator vs. Nicolas Kiefer, and (2)The Thai Fighter vs. veteran and defending champ Wayne Ferreira in his last LA appearance before retirement. Former winners in the field are Ferreira (2003) and the three-time champ Agassi (2002-01,'98).

On Monday in LA are Arthurs vs. Carlsen, (WC)Morrison vs. (WC)Cook in an all-American, (Q)Weiner vs. (WC)H.-T. Lee, Kiefer vs. (4)Dominik "The Dominator" Hrbaty, (Q)A.Ram vs. K.Beck, and Elseneer vs. (Q)Vahaly.

Top-seeded Nicolas Massu is back to defend his title among the "B"-squad of dirtballers this week in Amersfoort, joined by seeds Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez, Luis "Me So" Horna, Martin "Berzerk" Verkerk, David Sanchez, Igor Andreev, Al Martin, and Al Montanes. No real first round matches of interest, but warm up the "van" with Dutch players in the draw including Melle Van Gemerden, Nick Van Der Meer, John Van Lottum, and Dennis Van Scheppingen. Massu (2003) is the only former winner in the field.

On court Monday in Ampersand are (7)A.Martin vs. (WC)Van Der Meer, C.Rochus vs. Saretta, O.Rochus vs. Portas, Behrend vs. (8)Montanes, and O.Hernandez vs. Mutis.

Defending champ Guillermo Coria and a surprising host of claycourters are skipping the ATP stop in Stuttgart this week, leaving the Juan-Pablo Guzman's and Ivo Heuberger's of the tennis world direct entry into the 64-slot field. Attempting to prop up the field will be the top eight seeds in Rainer "Shine" Schuettler, French Open champ Gaston Gaudio, Juan Ignacio Chela, Andrei Pavel, Jiri Novak, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez, and Mariano Zabaleta. There is little early-round excitement with the 16 seeds receiving first-round byes. Mikhail Youzhny (2002) and Franco "The Squirrel" Squillari (2000) are the returning champs in the field.

Today's full schedule in Stuttgart reads as (Q)Kohlschreiber vs. Vassallo Arguello, D.Norman vs. Canas, M.Lopez vs. (WC)Elsner, (WC)A.Beck vs. Peya, Koubek vs. Olivier "All We Need is Just a Little" Patience, (Q)Gasquet vs. Boutter, (LL)Phau vs. Heuberger, (Q)Franco "The Squirrel" Squillari vs. Almagro, Di Pasquale vs. "Julio &" Galo Blanco, Hanescu vs. Ulihrach, Guzman vs. Stepanek, and Ascione vs. Zib.

WTA PREVIEW

Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport head the field this week at the lone WTA stop in Stanford, but the drop-off is pretty steep from there with other barely-notables including Patty Schnyder, Eleni Daniilidou, Francesca Schiavone and Meghann Shaughnessy. First round matches of interest are...none. In last year's glory-days final, No. 2-seeded Kim Clijsters (currently sidelined by wrist surgery) defeated No. 3-seeded Jennifer Capriati (sitting this week out) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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