Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
I’ve always felt that there’s more silverware to be won by the world No. 3 and Roger Federer news articles full of Swiss precision tennis accolades are flooding sports headlines with praises for the 30 year old athlete. With his cool and calm disposition displaying greatness under the hot Indian Wells sun, the BNP Paribas Open was a convincing win for Federer.
Anyone who had been doubting his abilities can be assured that the master is still in the house, and capable of taking out the man who defeated him the last Davis Cup, John Isner. Taking home a nice $1m prize, Federer forges ahead into the 2012 season.
Roger Federer News Articles Full of Swiss Precision Tennis Accolades
Howard Bryant expounds on the win:
“This year I decided I wanted to play a bit more,” Federer said. “If things went great, I knew I could be on a great run coming into Indian Wells and Miami. That’s exactly what happened. I’m a bit surprised it’s all gone that well.”
Federer, ranked third, avenged both those defeats in consecutive days at Indian Wells, putting away Nadal in the rain-delayed semifinals Saturday and then then Isner in a final delayed 12 minutes in the first set by rain drops. He battled a cold most of the two-week tournament, and felt especially sick during the first three days.
“I was able to come through and so convincingly at the end is amazing,” he said. “I’ve really played amazing these last three matches in particular. I couldn’t be more happy. They were really great wins.”
Federer’s victory tied him with Nadal for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career titles at 19, cheered on by friends that included musicians Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale, and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Federer won three straight titles here from 2004-06 and his fourth snapped a tie with Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang.
“What surprises me is that I’ve actually won this again after all this time,” Federer said, “and particularly this year where I was struggling and hurting a lot at the beginning of the year.”
Isner had a breakthrough two weeks in the desert, beating top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to reach his first Masters 1000 final. That assured him of entering the top 10 for the first time at No. 10 when the latest rankings come out Monday.
“I’m going to remember this one for a long time, so getting into the top 10 is nice,” Isner said. “The hard thing now is staying inside of the top 10. That’s what I’ve got to work on.”
The big-serving American actually had three fewer aces than Federer’s seven, with his fastest serve clocked at 135 mph, slower than the 135-143 mph he was hitting against Djokovic.
“Thank God at times maybe he didn’t hit the big one at 140 something down the T,” Federer said.
Federer broke him on Isner’s netted backhand volley to go up 4-3 in the second. He closed out the match on Isner’s forehand that landed in the net. (Full story here)
Roger Federer news articles full of Swiss precision tennis accolades, and confidence levels for both Federer and his fans has just taken a boost from this victory in the desert. With serves enough to knock the fuzz off the ball Isner fought hard, but it wasn’t enough to rattle the cage of the cool and collected master. Federer’s recent victories included the game against his friend and rival on the court, Rafael Nadal in an easy 6-3, 6-4 win in the semi finals.