UPDATED: Federer, Ferrer Show Old is the New New; Wawrinka Also Titles
by Staff | January 11th, 2015, 4:59 pm
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Federer Beats Raonic, Records 1,000th Match Win for Title

Swiss Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Sunday, in the process becoming the third player in the Open Era to win 1,000 matches. He joined greats Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, and had Aussie greats Rod Laver and Roy Emerson on hand after the match.


“Looking back, it’s almost nicer winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final,” said the 33-year-old Federer, who improved to 83-42 in career finals. “It means so much more than just running away with it with the score maybe 6-4, 6-4, which was looking very likely at one stage. I guess I was much more happy having to go three sets in the end rather than winning in straight(s).”

The Swiss one-upped himself from last year when he was upset in the final by Lleyton Hewitt.

In the third set Federer saved five break points, while the Canadian was broken in the 10th game after saving four break points. In the final two points Raonic double faulted, then buried a forehand in the net.

“It’s a little bit tough standing here, in front of so many Grand Slam champions — it’s an honor,” said Raonic, who dropped to 1-8 career against Federer and 6-8 in title matches.

Ferrer Batters Berdych in Qatar ExxonMobil Open Doha Final

The demise of Spaniard David Ferrer is apparently a bit premature.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old No. 4 seed upset No. 3-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the oil-rich Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, Qatar. Hanging on at No. 10 in the ATP Rankings, Ferrer ended a three-tournament finals losing streak where he dropped championship matches in 2014 at Vienna and Cincinnati on hardcourts, and Hamburg on clay.

“I put in hard work this preseason,” said Ferrer, who is working with a new coach in Francisco Fogues. “It’s special winning this tournament. I was ready to play tonight’s match against Berdych, a Top 10 player….I’m happy because it is never easy to begin the season winning a tournament.”

Ferrer improved to 22-15 in career finals. Berdych dropped only 16 games en route to the final before running into the Spanish buzzsaw.

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych, now 10-15 in career finals. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way, but I think it’s a good start for me.”

Wawrinka Beats Qualifier for ATP Chennai Title

No. 1 seed Stan Wawrinka beat qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4 to successfully defend his title at the Aircel Chennai Open, his third career Chennai crown.

The 29-year-old Swiss won his eighth career title, and continued the trend of older winners on the ATP World Tour, this week joining 32+ year-old winners Roger Federer and David Ferrer.

“It was a great final,” Wawrinka said, breaking early in the first and mid-way through the second set. “I’m really happy with my level.”

It was the Swiss’ first career title defense on tour. Last year the Chennai win was a good omen as he went on to win in Melbourne for his first Grand Slam title.

The No. 156-ranked Bedene was appearing in his first final. The 25-year-old Slovenian defeated three straight Spaniards en route to the final — No. 2 seed Feliciano Lopez, No. 5 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and No. 3 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals where he saved four match points.


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11 Comments for UPDATED: Federer, Ferrer Show Old is the New New; Wawrinka Also Titles

Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to the Arrogant One for stuttering to the finish. Canadiavic shouldn’t be that difficult to beat.


The Great Davy Says:

GOAT keeps GOATing.

And I go fishing.

It’s was good choice I think.


skeezer Says:

^ lol must be really hard on you (GD aka HR) when Fed wins whilst you have to stay on the sidelne and have to fish. Pet a Cat, you’ll feel better.
Vamos Fed!
Old is new and
New is Old.


Humble Rafa Says:

Pet a Cat, you’ll feel better.

Skeeze,

You are the resident expert on cats. I will ask the Great Davy to consider your request.


skeezer Says:

^Actually, I don’t own any Cats, despite you imagining so over and over. I mentioned it as maybe you have a Cat fetish that is reflective of that with your multiple moniker/third person(s) routine.
Talk more Tennis, less bad comedy.


Michael Says:

Congrats to all the winners which would be a morale booster ahead of the Australian open although they are only 250 format.

Roger and Ferrer particularly would be pleased with their wins as they had to contest with a competitive line up.

Whether you believe in a super natural or not,Roger in one sense is one as he is an interventionist who defies the laws of nature. There are very few players in Tennis history who have overcome the shortcomings of age related challenges. Rosewall is one, jimmy is another who in the past have tried to prove that age is a mere number and lived close to it. I am not sure how far Roger can go from here, but he has already done enough to merit his reputation in the game.


skeezer Says:

Michael
Yes for both Fed and Ferrer it was a competitive lineup, and bringing up Rosewall was a good call. He was very competitive at an elder age. At 39, made to the Wimby final!
“He was ranked among the top 20 players, amateur or professional, every year from 1952 through 1977.”
Wiki…25 years….whoa.
Rosewall. Respect.


madmax Says:

Congratulations to Federer. Ferrer. Wawrinka.

Great for the golden oldies, the golden greats record.

Federer defies nature. Brisbane International. May be a good omen for the Australian Open.

Watching him play on hard courts, he is so at ease, makes it look so easy.

Fantastic Feat Fed!


Michael Says:

True Skeezeer, Rosewall was a great Champion. But the greatest tragedy was that he never won Wimbledon. Those are the players who lost out on the professional vs amateur tussle and we can only speculate at this point their real worth if they had played those years they lost out due to boycott. He was also the player who had the best back hand in the game and a real treat to watch in those golden years of variety.


Michael Says:

In terms of match wins, I am sure Roger would break Lendl’s record with a little bit of effort. But Jimmy’s look unsurpassable at this point in time. Surpassing may happen if Roger plays beyond 36. At this moment it does appear that he will keep playing. But there will come a time when he might have to consider quitting if his performance falls below expectations and the great Champion that he is, expectations are more which he might not be able to fulfil at one stage. So, it will be interesting to see if he can break Jimmy.


Matador Says:

Ken Rosewall didnt play in Wimbledon until he was 33 plus. 12 years afer his big loss against his fella, Lew Hoad. He also was finalist as a teenager like Becker. Imagine not playing a major for more tan a decade!.
To discredit the aussie for not winning in the ALL England is honestly an intelectual aberration.

He is with Laver, Federer, Nadal the 4 greats of all time. They are better than Gonzales, Tilden, Sampras.

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