ATP FInals Flashback: Roger Federer defends title over David Ferrer

Tennis Federer claimed his fourth ATP Finals crown in five years in 2007

by Jovica Ilic
ATP FInals Flashback: Roger Federer defends title over David Ferrer

In his last dominant season on the Tour, Roger Federer claimed eight ATP titles in 2007, including three Majors and two Masters 1000 crowns. The Swiss wrapped up the year with the fourth ATP Finals trophy in the last five years thanks to a dominant 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 triumph against David Ferrer in an hour and 39 minutes.

Thus, the Swiss became the fourth player with that many titles at this event. Roger lost the opening round-robin clash against Fernando Gonzalez 3-6, 7-6, 7-5. He raised his level in the next four encounters and dropped just 25 games in nine sets to secure the title and finish the season in the best way.

Federer defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 in the second round-robin match to get back on the winning track. The Swiss saved the best for the last round-robin clash, ousting Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-2 in an hour after facing no break points.

Roger's campaign in Shanghai looked better and better following a dominant 6-4, 6-1 win over world no. 2 Rafael Nadal in 59 minutes, outplaying the Spaniard in every department to reach his fifth straight ATP Finals title match as the first player since Ivan Lendl.

David Ferrer stood no chance against the mighty Swiss, allowing Federer to lift the 53rd ATP title in the last best-of-five ATP Finals final. Ferrer competed in his ninth ATP final and the first on an indoor surface. The Spaniard beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet to top the round-robin stage before a commanding victory over Andy Roddick that propelled him into the title match.

He suffered the eighth straight loss against Roger after failing to convert four break chances. David suffered six breaks from nine opportunities offered to Roger, who stole almost half of the return points!

Roger Federer claimed the fourth ATP Finals crown in 2007, beating David Ferrer.

As was expected, Federer had the upper hand on an indoor court, firing 30 winners and reducing Ferrer to only ten to forge a massive advantage.

They made a similar number of unforced errors, and the Swiss forced more rival's mistakes to control the scoreboard and bring the encounter home in a dominant style. Federer had a clear lead in the shortest points up to four strokes and the mid-range rallies, finishing with 31 points more on his tally.

Ferrer created a break chance in the encounter's second game, but Roger saved it with a sharp volley winner to avoid an early setback. The first break came in the third game when David netted a forehand to suffer a break at love, with Roger firing three winners in the next one to open a 3-1 gap.

There was only one player on the court in those moments. Federer broke again in game five after the Spaniard's double fault, firing four winners to move 5-1 ahead and taking 18 of the last 19 points! Three service winners at 5-2 delivered the first set for the Swiss after 25 minutes.

There was a more intense battle waiting in the second set, with six good holds on both sides. Serving at 3-3, David sprayed a forehand error and suffered a break. Roger cemented the lead with three unreturned serves in the game that followed to move 5-3 up.

The Spaniard's shots were all over the place, and he got broken again in game nine when the Swiss converted the fourth set point for 6-2, 6-3. Federer fended off three break chances at the beginning of the third set. He broke in the fourth game after a stellar defense and a running forehand that forced Ferrer's mistake.

Another perfect serve & volley combo pushed Federer 4-1 ahead, and he moved a game away from victory when his forehand found an empty spot in game seven. Roger claimed four straight points from 40-15 down in the eighth game, blasting a forehand crosscourt winner to celebrate his fourth ATP Finals title in five years.

Atp Finals Roger Federer David Ferrer