Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Roger Federer won his 71stATP World Tour title when he defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-1, 6-4 to capture the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. It’s the second time Federer has taken the crown at Rotterdam, his inaugural victory was back in 2005 when he last played the tournament.

“In the first set, I was rock solid,” said Federer. “I played great from start to finish. In the second set, it got tighter. I’m happy I was able to sneak it out.”

“He couldn’t pull the trigger the way he wanted to,” Federer said about saving 7 break points. “Just like yesterday, I had a good mindset. I really believed I was going to make it difficult for him, especially on the break points. I know the second set could have been a whole lot different… The result doesn’t show quite how tough it was. He had many opportunities to break back, and should have gotten at least one back. I had a great mindset after a tough weekend at the Davis Cup last week, so I’m happy to turn it around right away.”

“It’s nice to pick up the momentum after the indoor season I had last year. And then coming back here after seven years and going through this whole buzz in Rotterdam has been amazing, having a standing ovation every time I walked on and off the court. I think it was a great tournament all-around. I really enjoyed myself here and saved my best for last. That match with Davydenko was gigantic looking back now. I knew I had a chance if I got through that one. It all came together perfectly. I’ll enjoy this tonight with my friends and family who are here… It feels nice to come back. I think it was the right thing to do. I’m happy I made it a priority this year. I hope I can keep the momentum up going into Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami.”

Del Potro  spoke about Federer’s play:”He played much better than me today. I didn’t take the break points when I had them. It’s really difficult to beat Federer if you have the chances and don’t take them. He was more confident and concentrated than me in the important moments and I think that was the key.”

“It was a good week here. I’m playing good tennis. I think the week was positive and I’m looking forward to playing better at my next tournament.”

 

Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic saved five match points to take the doubles title 4-6, 7-5,16-14.

“We fought until the end,” said Llodra. “We saved five match points. It’s a great tournament for us. It’s always nice to win such a big event like this.”

“When we beat them in the Washington final, we thought that was crazy, but today it’s even better. It’s always good to win. It’s only our second tournament this year and we’ve already won a title.”

“I have no idea how we did it,” said Zimonjic. “They were controlling the match for a set in a half, playing really good, not giving us any chances on their serves. After a really good game, when we broke Lindstedt, we got back in the match. Then it was a rollercoaster, saving a lot of match points, so I’m really happy.” 

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 19 FEBRUARY, 2012

Singles – Final
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [3] J Del Potro (ARG) 61 64

Doubles – Final
[2] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 46 75 16-14 – Saved 5 M.P.

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