Roger Federer clinches historic title
Roger Federer has broken so many records in his sport that people barely bat an eyelid when he notches up yet another, however, that is exactly what the Swiss legend has done with his latest victory in Qatar.
The world number two beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 to secure an impressive third Qatar Open title, in doing so he has managed to achieve the 67th title of his illustrious career.
The win also meant that Federer managed to earn himself revenge against Davydenko for last year's Qatar Open, where Davydenko upset Federer by defeating him during the semi-finals of the competition.
Winning the Qatar Open sees Federer start the 2011 season in great style, and gains both confidence and momentum as he heads in the impending Australian Open, where he will be chasing his 17th Grand Slam title. Federer is also the 2005 and 2006 Doha champion.
Federer recognised the importance of the victory for the rest of his upcoming season, saying: "It does feel great,
"I cant believe the season is under way and I'm already on the board with a title."
Davydenko looked over-shadowed by Federer's prowess from the outset of the match, despite having beaten world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, though many critics have said that the Spaniard was far from his usual form.
Federer spoke kindly of his opponent, saying: "When he's (Davydenko) on, he's easily top 10 if not top five potentially, and that's why this is obviously a huge win, because I thought he was playing well,"
Davydenko, who has lost 15 of his 17 matches against Federer sounded less than enthusiastic about his performance.
"He gave me no chance on the return, and also he was returning good. His first serve was very good. My tennis is OK, really. I don't want to say I played bad today." said Davydenko.
BetFred, bet365 and ExtraBet offer 15/8 odds that Roger Federer will continue his winning ways and emerge victorious at the upcoming Australian Open.