There were lots of touching stories this weekend in Tennislandia. . .
Roger Federer scored a big time win on Sunday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the final of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors. This is Roger’s fourth title in Basel – a record achievement. Novak interrupted the hometown hero’s winning streak last year when he beat Federer in the final. Roger admitted that this year’s match was very similar to the topsy turvy match they played in the 2009 final, with one big difference.
It’s all well that ends well for Roger this week, but those last two sets were pretty messy. Fed really did play great to take the first set from Nole, who was exploiting that sliver of opportunity on Roger’s forehand side with regularity. Perhaps the effort exhausted Rog a bit – he was broken early on in the second set and played with the now familiar listlessness that sends chills down the collective Fed fan spine everywhere. He needed the help of a surprisingly boisterous Swiss crowd and Nole’s own dip in concentration, to pul himself back together. It was really touching to see how excited and nervous Roger was when he was getting close to the final victory.
This close to tears!
This also makes Roger’s 65th tour title, putting him one notch above Pete Sampras at No. 4 in the all-time list. It’s Roger’s fourth title of the year. He’s played three straight finals, winning his last one in Stockholm. (More here)
Interesting interview. Roger is keeping score:
We all know Roger used to be a ball kid in Basel. I don’t know if that’s the reason why the ballkids are so celebrated at this tournament. (Anyone else notice the little conversation Roger had with a ballboy right before breaking Nole for the last time? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. ) The two finalists gave out medals to the youngsters during the trophy ceremony. Awwww!
Then Federer treated them to some scarily sloppy looking pizza. Eeeew.
A second Serb lost in Switzerland on Sunday (say that one 10 times fast): Nenad Zimonjic and partner Daniel Nestor lost to the Bryan brothers 3-6, 6-3, 3-10. The American team cemented the year end No. 1 ranking this week.
Another hometown hero! David Ferrer, a ten percent owner of the Valencia Open, beat Marcel Granollers, 7-5, 6-3 in the tournament final. This victory makes it very likely that we’ll be seeing David in London in a couple weeks. He’s now seventh in line for London, between Berdych and Roddick.
Andy Murray, who didn’t defend his singles title in Valencia, still scored one of the best wins of his career this week. He and brother Jamie Murray won their first title together, winning the doubles over Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi: 7-6(8), 5-7, 10-7.
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Really, says Andy, and it’s not just because the trophy is so dang cool:
“It was a great week, it’s the first time me and Jamie have ever won a tournament together. One of the best wins of my career, that’s for sure,” declared Andy. “It’s amazing [to win a title with my brother]. Very few people can say they’ve managed to do that. We beat one of the best teams in the world in the final. It’s great for me, obviously great for Jamie and I hope he can push on from here.” (via the ATP)
But the trophy is pretty cool.