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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones

That’s why he’s Roger Federer

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Today was easy for Federer, he was up two sets and just a mini-break down in the third set tie-break when Soderling had an opportunity to take the match to the fourth set by winning the two points of his serve.

That’s when Federer took out that something special from his array, ran to the forehand side and cracked a cross-court winner that made Soderling look to his coach as if he was asking now what do you do with that. When the situation reversed, Federer closed out the match and progressed to the next round without much fuss.

It wasn’t that easy during his match against Tommy Haas at Roland Garros earlier this year. He was two sets down and on break point at 3-4, 30-40 in the third set. Just five points away from being out of the French Open.

That’s when Federer ran to his backhand side and thumped an inside-out forehand that cleared the net and went towards the sideline without any hint of uncertainty and landed just inches short of the line.

“I was in quite some danger right there,” Federer said after closing Haas out 6-7 (4-7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. That forehand winner began the revival that saw Roger win 9 games in a row.

“We both knew there was a chance for me to finish him off,” Haas said. “Just got to tip your hat and say, ‘That’s why he’s Roger Federer.’”

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Written by Deepan Joshi

June 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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