When Roger Federer lifted his only Tokyo crown

When Roger Federer claimed his only Tokyo crown

Roger Federer produced his incredible third straight season in 2006 and turned everything he touched into gold! The Swiss won 92 of 97 games (four losses to Rafael Nadal) and finished the season with a 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 games through the end of the season following Cincinnati’s second-round loss to Andy Murray.

A month after winning the US Open, he traveled to Tokyo and claimed the title on his debut in the Japanese capital. Federer clinched 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 advantage over Federer in the early years between 1999 and 2004. The Briton won six out of seven meetings before the Swiss took over and claimed six straight wins to end their seven-win-six-loss rivalry.

Federer worked hard against Viktor Troicki in the opening round in Tokyo, prevailing in two tie-breaks and avoiding further problems. Roger lost out to Takao Suzuki in the Quarterfinals, surviving in the deciding tie-break to finish in the last four.

It took Roger an hour to sack Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4, dropping eight points on serve and breaking the German once in each set to earn a place in the final.

Roger Federer won his only title in Tokyo in 2006 against Tim Henman.

Federer controlled the tempo in his games in the title fight despite serving at 56%.

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

Roger held at love in the opening game of the match and took a 3-2 lead after Tim’s double. Federer fired three service winners in the seventh game, serving for the set at 5-3. Roger beat out three winners to win the opener and boost confidence ahead of set number two.

Henman fended off break chances in the opening game before getting broken at 1-1 when his forehand landed long and strayed further from a positive result. Federer confirmed the break with a service winner in game four and blasted another to bring game six home and take a 4-2 lead.

Three direct points gave the Swiss a 5-3 lead, and he converted the third match point in game nine from Henman’s forehand error to celebrate his first and only title in Japan.

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