When Roger Federer lifted his only Tokyo crown



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When Roger Federer lifted his only Tokyo crown

Roger Federer produced his unbelievable third season in a row in 2006, turning everything he touched into gold! The Swiss won 92 out of 97 matches (four losses came against Rafael Nadal) and finished the season on the record-breaking 12 ATP titles.

Roger won three Major crowns in 2006 and lost three notable finals on clay to Nadal, including Roland Garros, where he could have earned tennis glory. Roger won all the matches until the end of the season after the second-round Cincinnati loss to Andy Murray.

He headed to Tokyo a month after winning the US Open and lifted the title on his debut in the Japanese capital. Federer earned a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Tim Henman in an hour and seven minutes on October 8 for his ninth title of the season.

Henman had a clear edge over Federer in the early years between 1999 and 2004. The Briton won six out of seven encounters before the Swiss took charge and grabbed six straight victories to wrap up their rivalry with seven wins and six losses.

Federer worked hard in the Tokyo opening round against Viktor Troicki, prevailing in two tie breaks and avoiding more problems. Roger had to dig deep in the quarter-final clash against Takao Suzuki, surviving in the deciding tie break to enter the last four.

Roger needed an hour to dismiss Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4, losing eight points on serve and breaking the German once in each set to secure a place in the final.

Roger Federer claimed his only Tokyo title in 2006 over Tim Henman.

Federer controlled the pace in his games in the title clash despite serving at 56%.

He lost just 11 points in nine service games to avoid break points and mount the pressure on Henman. The Briton hit six double faults and dropped 45% of the initial shot points. He faced 11 break points and suffered three breaks in his 28th and last ATP final.

Roger held at love in the encounter's opening game and moved ahead after Tim's double at 3-2. Federer fired three service winners in game seven and served for the set at 5-3. Roger blasted three winners to claim the opener and boost confidence ahead of set number two.

Henman repelled break chances in the opening game before getting broken at 1-1 when his forehand landed long, drifting further away from a positive result. Federer confirmed the break with a service winner in game four and blasted another to bring the sixth game home and move 4-2 ahead.

Three direct points pushed the Swiss 5-3 up, and he converted the third match point in the ninth game after Henman's forehand error to celebrate his first and only title in Japan.