“To win back-to-back like this is unbelievable,” said Federer  after almost three-hour battle being 2-2-1 points away from losing the sets he won. “I never thought I’d do it again. It really feels great. It was tough today, he made me work very hard. He could have pushed me further if he’d played better on big points in the tie-breaks. But he was going for big serves with great variation. He made me work but I expected that – three tie-breaks is the most extreme you can have.” Ljubicic  was two points away from winning the two opening sets:
– 5:5 in the 1st tie-break
– 5:4* (30-all) in the 2nd set (he also led 4:1* in the 2nd TB)
…and squandered a set point at 6:5* in the 3rd TB (he earlier led in that set 3:1*, 30/15)
Federer converted his first match point thanks to the net-cord (backhand return) to finish the only final in history concluded with a 3x “7-6” scoreline!
Federer’s route to his 37th title:
2 Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0
3 Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-3
4 Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-3
Q James Blake 7-6(2), 6-4
S David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4
W Ivan Ljubicic 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
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