Just like three years before, Federer destroys his American opponent, dropping just 7 games in the Masters final. Sublime performance from the Swiss, especially his backhand was working amazingly well. Up to 6-0, 4:1* (15/0) he’d actually played an error-less match. Federer said: “I even had to laugh at one stage at how well I was playing. I always came up with a great answer. I was in control all the time and pretty much everything I wanted to do, I did.” It was their second ‘best of five’ final of 2006.
Federer’s route to his 45th title:
rr. David Nalbandian 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
rr. Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 – 3 m.p.
rr. Ivan Ljubicic 7-6(2), 6-4
S Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5
W James Blake 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
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