Federer collected a $1.52m prize for his victory – his 11th title of the season, including the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles. “It’s just an unbelievable end to a fantastic season for me,” said the 23-year-old, who had suffered a torn left thigh muscle last month. “I can leave on vacation now with a great feeling and with great memories. My priorities now are to defend my Wimbledon title and to defend my number one ranking.” Federer got off to an electric start with a game to love before breaking Hewitt’s opening service game. He then kept ahead at 5:2 before a 78-minute rain delay. When the players returned to court, he promptly rounded off the set. The players were more closely matched in the 2nd set until Federer broke Hewitt’s serve in the 5th game. After that he conceded just four more points and sealed the title as Hewitt struck a forehand into the net. Hewitt, who has now lost six times in a row to Federer, said: “I’d like to congratulate Roger not only for winning the tournament but for the way he has played all year. He has really cleaned me up this year. I’ll go back to the drawing board and hopefully I can get him next year.”
Federer’s route to his 22nd title:
rr. Gaston Gaudio 6-1, 7-6(4)
rr. Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4
rr. Carlos Moya 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
S Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6(18)
W Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2
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