March 25, 2005

Federer and Clijsters Victorious at Pacific Life Open

By J. Fred Sidhu

The sport of tennis is alive and well.

That fact was clearly evident at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

The two-week event, which featured the top men and women tennis professionals in the world, wrapped up last Sunday as Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, before a crowd of 14,247 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The tournament set a new attendance record of 280,653, breaking last year’s record mark of 267,834.

Fans got to watch Roger Federer, the number-one player in the world, win his second straight Pacific Life Open title as he won six consecutive matches without dropping a set.

The top-seeded Swiss star improved his singles record on 2005 to 26-1 and his victory in Indian Wells was his fourth title of the year.

Following his one-hour and 54-minute victory on Sunday over the second-seeded Australian, Federer said, “I’m very happy with this week. I’ve been playing great tennis.”

How dominant has Federer been on the professional tennis tour? His record since losing at last year’s Summer Olympics in Greece is 42-1.

Federer has become almost unbeatable when he reaches the finals of a tournament. By winning the Pacific Life Open, he has now won 17 consecutive finals.

“All the finals in a row, that’s fantastic,” Federer said. “Of course, now more and more I start thinking about it, it puts pressure on yourself. Today I was playing for a lot of things. To come through, it’s very special.”

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