One of many Federer’s clinical performances in years 2004-2007. Thanks to that victory he secured himself the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive year. “It’s always emotional at the end,” Federer said. “I remember being here as a ball boy myself. I know 50 percent of the people working at the tournament. It’s nice to win again and go into the next year as No. 1 again.” The Swiss faced the only break point in the 2nd game of the 2nd set. “I had a great week,” said Nieminen , “I was trying too much at the start of the match, I tried to hit too many winners. I started to play better in the second but it wasn’t good enough. I had too many unforced errors. Roger is tough when it gets tight.” Before the final Nieminen won back-to-back matches saving match points (Ginepri, Canas) which is unique – amazingly he repeats that feat in Montpelier 2011 (Serra, Gasquet)!
Federer’s route to the title:
1 Michael Berrer 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2 Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4
Q Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2
S Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
W Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4
Nieminen belonged to Federer’s whipping-boys. They played 15 times against each other, and the Finn managed to win just one set out of 31 (Basel 2011). After that final meeting in 2007 Federer led 8-0 in their H2H (it was their second final, the first one in Munich ’03 Federer won with similar ease)
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