Sunday, January 09, 2011
Roger Federer Qatar Open Champion!
Roger Federer won his third Qatar Open title without dropping a set when he beat the defending champion, Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 6-4, in a 79-minute final Saturday.
Federer became the first three-time winner in Doha, having taken the title in 2005 and 2006.
When asked about his chances at the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 17, a smiling Federer said: “I am not ready now. I will be when I get there. But obviously, the wins here will help me build my rhythm.”
Davydenko, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and also had not dropped a set entering the final, was attempting to become the first player to beat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament three times. He did it in Doha a year ago and at the 2009 ATP finals.
The fourth-seeded Davydenko looked overmatched from the start and fell to his 15th loss in 17 matches against the second-seeded Federer.
Federer earned his 67th career title, fourth best in the Open era after Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77).
Nice way to start the year (way to go Rog!), and a great little tune up for the Aussie Open.
Also one of the better looking trophies.