Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Maestro Reigns in London
London (11/28) - Roger Federer of Switzerland overmastered world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, and 6-1 to win Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in front of 17,500 fans at London's O2 Arena.
Federer created a record-equaling fifth title at the year-ending finale, matching the feat of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
Federer fired down 32 winners in the one hour 37 minute contest to Nadal's 11 as he beat the Spaniard for eight times.
"It's fantastic. I'm really thrilled the way I played all week. To win a fifth time is obviously amazing, for the third time in a different place," said Federer.
"I'm just really happy the way I was able to finish the season in style, playing some of my best tennis, really saving the best for last.
"Obviously beating Rafa in the final makes it extra special because of the year he had."
Nadal refused to say that he was defeated due to tiredness.
"I'm not going to say I lost the match because I was tired.
"What I'm going to say, and what I feel, is I lost the match because I played against a very good Roger Federer on one of his favourite surfaces. And when he's playing like this, it is very difficult to stop him.
"I had little chances, I was there, but it wasn't enough. He played unbelievable. I think in the beginning he was unplayable.
"I just can congratulate him for his victory and another great tournament for him," said Nadal who never won ATP World Tour Finals.
pictures from reuters
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