Federer continues his dominance

first_img“I am on a nice roll right now and I am playing in Indian Wells next,” Federer said. “I have won there the last three years, so hopefully I can win again and beat Vilas’ record there. “Records are meant to be broken – but if I don’t, it’s all right,” he added. “I will start all over again.” Youzhny broke Federer in the first game with a crosscourt forehand and held serve to lead 2-0. But Federer broke in the fourth, eighth and 10th games to close out the first set. “I must admit that Mikhail put a lot of pressure at the start of the match, and I really needed to step up my game,” Federer said. In the second set, Federer broke in the second and sixth games. He had six championship points at 5-2, but Youzhny saved them all in a marathon game before Federer served it out. Federer has now won seven titles – including the 2007 Australian Open – since last year’s U.S. Open. He extended his record over Youzhny to 9-0. Youzhny, who won in Rotterdam last week, defeated Nadal in the quarterfinals. Federer’s last defeat was to Andy Murray in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters last August. Roger Federer won the Dubai Open for the fourth time in five years on Saturday, beating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Federer won his 41st straight match, tying Bjorn Borg for the fourth-longest streak in the Open era and leaving him five short of Guillermo Vilas’ 1977 record. Ivan Lendl (44 in 1981-82) and John McEnroe (42 in 1984) also are in front of Federer. center_img “It was a bit of a rough start for me this year, as it always happens with me in Dubai,” Federer said. “But I am happy that I saved my best for the last.” Top-seeded Justine Henin of Belgium won the Qatar Open with a 6-4, 6- 2 win Saturday over Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. The second-ranked Henin won, who won the Dubai Open last week, broke a sequence of Russian domination in Qatar dating back to 2003 when Anastasia Myskina won the title. Myskina repeated her performance in 2004, while Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova took the title in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Henin showed no fatigue despite playing three sets against Patty Schnyder on Thursday and Jelena Jankovic on Friday. “I like to win titles I have not won before,” Henin said. “I like the Gulf. Dubai is like a home.” Fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria ended Evgeny Korolev’s eventful run in the Tennis Channel Open on Saturday, beating the unseeded Russian 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals. Not only was Korolev the lone unseeded semifinalist, he was the only player among the final four to lose a round-robin match (to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina). But Korolev first stood out when he defeated top-seeded defending champion James Blake 6-2, 6-4, in his opening-round match on Tuesday. Korolev initially was declared the round-robin group winner based on his victory over Blake, but the ATP Tour reversed that decision on Thursday before switching back to Korolev on Friday. Korolev came back to take a 5-3 lead in the third set before Melzer rallied to tie it at 5-5. After that, Melzer never trailed. He took a 6-5 lead before Korolev knotted the score at 6. Melzer then took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker, which he won 7-4. Qatar openLas Vegas openMexican OpenEmilie Loit earned her third career WTA title by beating Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (0), 6-4 Saturday to win the Mexican Open for the first time. The 10th-seeded Frenchwoman came back in both sets. “I’m happy to win for the first time, I came before, but I finally won,” said Loit, who is 52nd in the WTA rankings. Pennetta played in her fourth Mexican Open final in a row. The Italian led 4-2 in both sets, but made mistakes that Loit capitalized on. In the men’s final, Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero will face Juan Carlos Chela. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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