Stockholm, Basel, London, and now Doha – Roger Federer’s won four of his last five (non-exhibition) tournaments, bridging the 2010/2011 off-season in vintage super Fed style. This is Fed’s 67th ATP title and third in Doha. He’s had fabulous preparation going into the upcoming Australian Open and this weekend’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nikolay Davydenko (nice to have you back, Kolya) provides that extra bit of confidence to fuel Federer’s mojo machine. Not a bad way for the defending champ to go into Melbourne.
Davydenko was impressed, saying afterwards: “Federer never played better against me than today. He was fantastic, made so many fast points and was very difficult to play. If he holds to this level for the year he can be number one again for sure.” (via Yahoo)
Roger was cautiously optimistic when asked about defending the first Major title of the year in Melbourne: “I am not ready now. I will be when I get there. But obviously, the wins here will help me build my rhythm.” Via NY times.
But he is pretty psyched about his prospects in 2011: “Yes, I think all things are possible for me this year.”
Here are some highlights from the match (sorry, non HD quality – I’ll keep looking)
Photo: Crosnier/QTF via ATPWorldTour.com
Rafael Nadal and buddy Marc Lopez defended their doubles title in Doha on Friday, a nice consolation prize for the World No. 1 considering that Rafa almost retired from his singles semifinal vs. Daydenko earlier in the day. Rafa’s reportedly been suffering from a “week-long” fever and has been on antibiotics. He says he plans to stay in Doha for a couple more days to recuperate before heading to Australia. I’m right there with you Rafa, I just finished my ZPack today!
I feel jet-lagged just trying to keep track of all the action this week on both the men’s and women’s tours. The one final I’m still looking forward to is Andy Roddick vs. Robin Soderling in Brisbane. If Robin wins the title, he’ll rise to No. 4 in the world over Andy Murray. I’m pretty sure this could effect the seedings in Melbourne – we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Stanislas Wawrinka, who his soon-to-be ex-wife claims abandoned his new family to focus more on his tennis game, is playing the Chennai final vs. Xavier Malisse. Stan trounced Berdych 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals. So I guess Stan’s plan is working?
On the WTA side in Brisbane, Petra Kvitova beat Andrea Petkovic, 6-1, 6-3 for the title. 31 year old Greta Arn of Hungary is the big story from the WTA event in Auckland – the 88-ranked oldster taking the title over Yanina Wickmayer after posting an impressive win over Maria Sharapova on Thursday.
Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images via Daylife
John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won Hopman Cup for Team USA this year over the the Belgian duo of Justine Henin and Ruben “who dat?” Bemelmans.
“It’s been an amazing week. It’s my first time in Perth and I’ve really enjoyed myself. It’s funny, I saw this (diamond tennis ball trophy) actually when I first got here and I thought it was the best trophy in sports,” Mattek-Sands said via HopmanCup.com.
No surprise, there.