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An incurable tennis addict, Steve Flink has been following the game since 1965, the year he first went to Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. Flink is a Senior Correspondent for Tennis Week Magazine, a publication he joined in 1992. From 1972-82, he put his photographic memory to use as a statistician for CBS, NBC and ABC. He has been a consultant and writer for the International Tennis Hall of Fame since 1994 and is a member of their Nominating Committee. Steve is the author of The Greatest Tennis Matches of the 20th Century. Flink's recall of match history is unsurpassed.

Friday, October 20, 2006

2006 U.S. Open Reflections
Federer Does it Again

The world No. 1 was magnificent in establishing himself as the first man ever to sweep the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles three years in a row. In the entire tournament, he conceded only two sets--- one to James Blake of the U.S. in the quarterfinals, the other to the American Andy Roddick in the final--- in seven matches. The triumph was his ninth in the last 14 major events, a tribute to his unwavering domination of the game, an affirmation of his ability to produce his finest tennis under pressure. In the ten Grand Slam tournament finals he has contested across the past four seasons, the Swiss maestro has suffered only a single defeat--- against Rafael Nadal on clay at the French Open in June of 2006. That is a remarkable record, and the 25-year-old Federer surely has some golden years ahead of him.


At October 26, 2006 11:56 AM, Blogger roGER said...

It's just wonderful to be alive at the moment to see Roger Federer at his absolute peak.

I've been watching tennis seriously since the mid 1970s, and nobody, but nobody compares.

He's also living proof that nice guys do not always finish last...

At October 28, 2006 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Roger is too confident at the moment to be beaten. Plus with Nadal in a slump on the hard courts, Federer will probably go into the Australian still brimming with confidence.

Besides Nadal on the clay, I think his competition will come from some of the up and comers like Murray, Gasquet, Djokovick, Berdych. But these guys have to get fitter,play the big points better and close out opportunities when they have the chance.

At November 23, 2006 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federer is not simply an extraordinary athelete, he's an artist with an unmatched natural ability to 'invent' shots that leave his opponents and audiences applauding in amazement. He's a Monet in a sea full of Rolf Harris' and an absolute gentleman too. It's a joy to watch him. Long may he stay healthy.


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