Federer wins Rotterdam title

Sun, 19 Feb 15:00:00 2012

Roger Federer claimed his 71st career singles title with a 6-1 6-4 win over Juan Martin Del Potro in the ATP Rotterdam final.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shows the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the final men's singles tennis match at the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam February 19, 2012 - 0

The Swiss took 86 minutes to get the better of Del Potro, who paid the price for a slow start and an inability to convert his break points.

Federer raced into a 5-0 first-set lead, showing a dizzying array of shots and never letting the Argentine settle.

Though Del Potro eventually got on the board, he won just seven of 17 service points in the opening set.

Del Potro, who beat Federer in the 2009 US Open final, put up a much stronger fight in the second set, winning 33 points to Federer's 35.

The key point came in the fifth game, when Del Potro's first serve deserted him and he fell victim to some canny sliced returns off the second serve.

The 23-year-old missed a chance to break back immediately, when he squandered an opportunity with a backhand long, then Federer staved off another break point with a scorching cross-court forehand.

From there, it was plain sailing for the 30-year-old who won his second Rotterdam title after first winning there in 2005.

"The first set really was rock solid, while in the second it was more tight and he had his chances," Federer admitted, before adding that he has no plans to retire following a chance meeting with Dutch football legend Marco van Basten, who told him to continue as long as he can.

The Swiss said: "I think it has to do with when you turn 30 people think you might retire instead of considering that you are on two-thirds of your career. Andre Agassi was 36 when he retired so I will be a few more years on the tour."


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