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FED Streak Continues: 25 in a row on indoor hard

Fed takes title over Del Potro 6-1, 6-4


February 19, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Fed hasn't lost indoors on a hard court since November 2010 in Paris (semis to Monfils, 6-7 in the 3rd), and before that he'd won his previous 12 in a row. That's 25 matches in a row and 5 titles including two Barclay's World Tour Championships and today's in Rotterdam with a decisive 6-1, 6-4 win over Del Potro.

Delpo was his 13th victim from the top 10 in Fed's streak, which has included 2 wins over Nadal and one each over Djokovic and Murray. It's now obvious why Fed chose to play Rotterdam again (with hindsight, it now seems that he should have chosen a hard surface for the Davis Cup final instead of indoor clay).

The 500 points he won today put Roger 350 ahead of Murray and 30 ahead of Rafa in the 2012 Race. He can add to this small lead later this month in Dubai, another 500 level event.

Today Fed had to fight off 2 break points in his opening service game, but broke in the next game and cruised to a 5-0 lead, moving the big man around the court to make him uncomfortable and converting both of his break opportunities. His forehand was as deadly today for him as it was against him yesterday.

Delpo came alive in the 2nd, and started to control and extend some points, but he still had trouble finishing on the important ones. He failed to convert on 5 more break chances in the 2nd, including a double break opportunity at 3-2, while Rog converted on his first chance in the next game. Luck seemed to be with him, as the the big man narrowly missed on several opportunities to take control of key games. Fed is now 9 and 2 with Delpo, and has won 5 straight sets from him already this year. In retrospect, his loss in the '09 US Open final appears a little more like what it felt like to Fed fans when he lost it after being in control of the 4th set, up 2-1 in sets: an opportunity squandered by letting Delpo off the hook.

DUBAI next week takes Rog back to an outdoor hard surface that Joker has owned the last 3 years. It's been 5 years since Fed took the title in '07, his 4th. For the women's draw in Dubai this week, go to:

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/posting/2012/718/MDS.pdf

In SAN JOSE today at 1pm (4pm EST), #32 Milos RAONIC will defend his title against #61 Denis Istomin.

Yesterday, Milos took Ryan Harrison out 7-6, 6-2.

This week, Milos and Ryan and America's #1 and 2 seeds ISNER and RODDICK, will be competing in the Memphis, ATP 500 level event along with Donald Young, Ryan Sweeting, Jack Sock and JAMES BLAKE.

Rick

ATP 2.19.12


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