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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 January 2007, 08:22 GMT
Federer v Gonzalez as it happened
Australian Open, Melbourne Park

Final result:


7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4


By Piers Newbery

Third set:

Federer 6-4 Gonzalez
Federer opens with an ace and moves smoothly to three match points at 40-0. An incredible backhand pass follows and there it is - Grand Slam title number 10, and the Grand Slam itself must be a real possibility this year.

"It's been an absolute privilege to watch Federer over these two last weeks. Once he got that first set under his belt the last two sets were as magnificent as ever."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

"Sometimes the word great is over-used in sport - not where Roger Federer is concerned."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey

Federer 5-4 Gonzalez
The end appears in sight when Federer wins the first point but Gonzalez keeps hammering away and recovers to 30-30. A tradewark off-forehand gets the Chilean to game point and Federer sends one wide to give up the game.

Federer 5-3 Gonzalez
Federer has looked more and more comfortable at the net during this match and is in top gear now, winning points from the baseline and the net at will. Gonzalez looks absolutely exhausted.

Federer 4-3 Gonzalez
The match comes alive again as Federer moves to break point by winning the best rally of the match with a lunging volley, but Gonzalez hangs on to force deuce. The Chilean is nothing if not fearless on big points and saves another three break points, but Federer finaly makes the breakthrough at the fourth opportunity. And that must surely be that.

Federer 3-3 Gonzalez
Federer holds to love again - he's lost just one point on serve in this set.

"Federer is just coasting on serve now. He looks as fresh as a daisy and like he could play another four hours if he needed."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Federer 2-3 Gonzalez
Two monstrous backhand winners from Gonzalez get the crowd going but a double fault and a forehand error let Federer back to deuce. Credit to Gonzo, he thumps a forehand and a big serve to hold

Federer 2-2 Gonzalez
Another impressive love-service game from Federer and there is a sense of inevitability growing that a break is just around the corner.

Federer 1-2 Gonzalez
There is more drama on Rod Laver Arena as Gonzalez singularly fails to catch a moth which is disturbing him. Two ball boys then struggle to get to grips with the little blighter but eventually dispense of it - you'd think Australian children would be taught bug catching in school. Anyway, at 30-30 Gonzalez successfully challenges an out call and wins the replayed point. A big moment and he goes on to hold.

Federer 1-1 Gonzalez
Federer has another easy hold, although he does fluff an attempted lob retrieval. The game ends with someone in the crowd screaming "Vamos Fernaaaaaaando!" as if his life depends on it. Maybe it does, who knows?

Federer 0-1 Gonzalez
Controversey on the first point as Federer has a McEnroe-like outburst at the umpire! Not really. The serene Swiss gently questions a Hawkeye decision, the point is replayed and he wins it anyway. A sumptuous forehand lob takes Federer to 30-30 but Gonzalez just about holds on.

I recall reading earlier today some fool predicting a Gonzalez win in five sets. Some people.

Second set:

Federer 6-4 Gonzalez
At one point in the game Federer is firing down smashes and sending Gonzalez scurrying for his life way behind the baseline, which sort of sums up the match now. Federer takes the set with another straightforward hold.

"Gonzalez has just got to keep believing and fight for his life now."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Federer 5-4 Gonzalez
Gonzalez keeps the set alive with a solid hold, although there is one sublime backhand pass down the line from Federer.

Federer 5-3 Gonzalez
Gonzalez looks a little flat at the moment and he needs to step it up or it will be too late. Federer holds easily.

Federer 4-3 Gonzalez
Federer takes the first point with a beautiful volley and Gonzalez reponds by ripping a backhand pass down the line. In the game of one-upmanship, Federer takes charge with a magnificent cross-court forehand at an amazing angle and he goes on to break.

"We've said it 1,000 times but Roger Federer is the complete player - there is no weakness."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Federer 3-3 Gonzalez
The game opens with another air shot from Gonzalez, although this one is more of an unforced error. Federer fires his first ace of the match to seal a love game and this set is rolling by without much incident at the moment.

Federer 2-3 Gonzalez
A great love game fires up Gonzalez and his merry band of supporters, who are over their first-set disappointment and back in full voice. What they are singing, I have no idea.

Federer 2-2 Gonzalez
Federer holds comfortably and still has plenty more to come, you feel. Gonzalez is going full pelt at everything as usual but neither player is quite at the level they were in the semi-finals.

Federer 1-2 Gonzalez
After such an exciting end to the first set it's no surprise that the intensity has gone out of the match for the moment. Gonzalez is working his way back into things and plays some clever stuff to hold serve, mixing up the pace a lot. There's no surprise on the final point, though, as he swats away a massive forehand.

Federer 1-1 Gonzalez
Gonzalez goes for a forehand on the first point and completely misses the ball - something you don't see the professionals do often, although I'm quite familiar with it. Federer races through the game and Gonzalez must try and stay with him at this stage.

Federer 0-1 Gonzalez
Gonzalez makes a good start to the second set by holding serve. He looks vulnerable at 30-30 but Federer ballons a couple of forehands long.

First set:

Federer 7-6 (7-2) Gonzalez
Federer plays an excellent tie-break. A forehand is called out on the first point but he uses Hawkeye - not generally his favourite piece of equipment - and it is overrruled. There's no looking back as he races to 5-0 with some superb forehands and closes out comfortably. Gonzalez calls for the trainer who works on his back.

Federer 6-6 Gonzalez
A huge game. At 40-15 Gonzalez chooses not to challenge when a forehand is called out and the replay suggests he should have. He then takes a heavy tumble chasing down a Federer forehand and it's deuce. Gonzalez nets a forehand and it's set point Federer but the Swiss misses yet another forehand. The first challenge of the day goes against Gonzalez and it's set point number two for Federer, but the Chilean wins the rally with a brave forehand - cue "Vamos!"

Still, set point number three follows but this time Federer misses his return. Dramatic stuff. Gonzalez dumps an approach in the net so it's set point number four for Federer - he sends a wild backhand return about six feet long. Gonzalez holds one of the biggest games of his life with a spectacular backhand down the line.

Federer 6-5 Gonzalez
Both players are on form now and we're getting the kind of play we hoped for. Gonzalez smacks a forehand winner on the first point but Federer bravely comes to the net to win a couple of exhanges and takes the game to 15.

"From 4-5 down it's been a champion's response form Federer. Everyone's just delighted we have a contest."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey

Federer 5-5 Gonzalez
A seismic shock appears on the cards when Gonzalez moves smoothly to two set points at 40-15. Federer saves the first with a volley and Gonzalez wallops a forehand into the net on the second. Federer then gets to break point with a forehand winner and converts with a backhand pass. That could be tough to recover from for the Chilean.

Federer 4-5 Gonzalez
Federer sends an attempted drive volley so long it endangers Gonzalez's, er, groin. Another error sees the world number one pegged back to 30-30 and at game point Gonzalez gets a slice of luck when a backhand pass hits the tape and leaps over Federer's racquet. It's looking increasingly windy out there and Federer makes another forehand error to give up the first break point of the match - Gonzo takes it with a backhand pass and gives it some "Vamos!"

Federer 4-4 Gonzalez
Gonzalez tries a drop shot on the first point and dumps it in the net - bad idea. He then nets a straightforward forehand with Federer totally defenceless at the net and it's 0-30. Federer puts a forehand long with the court gaping and, credit to Gonzalez, he then barrels into the net and forces a forehand error for 30-30. Gonzo then elects against a smash for a huge forehand swipe and takes a big game with a more traditional smash. "Chile, Chile, Chile.." sing his fans, correctly.

Federer 4-3 Gonzalez
The Gonzalez game plan is becoming clear - slow, sliced backhands into Federer's backhand opening up the court for a big forehand. It works a treat to get the Chilean to deuce, prompting a fist pump as though he's won the set. Federer wins a lengthy, and heavy, baseline exchange and takes the game with a backhand volley. Absorbing stuff.

Federer 3-3 Gonzalez
A great scramble from Gonzalez at 15-15 and a squash-style forehand force an error from Federer. Gonzalez holds to 15 and that is his best game so far.

Federer 3-2 Gonzalez
Federer hits a beautiful wrong-footing forehand to take the first point and he looks supremely confident at the moment. He's made just three unforced errors in five games.

"Gonzalez has made more errors (six) in five games than in the whole semi-final against Tommy Haas. There's still a bit too much respect at the moment - understandably"
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Federer 2-2 Gonzalez
Gonzalez looks nervous and is rushing a bit. He's made a couple of wild errors - even for him - and is taken to deuce. From nowhere he comes up with a ridiculous, and brilliant, drop shot to help get him out of trouble and hopefully that will settle him down a bit.

Federer 2-1 Gonzalez
A brilliant opening point sees Federer dominate with his forehand and come to the net to put away a sharp volley. He follows up with a cross-court forehand winner but Gonzalez responds with a fierce forehand return up the line. Federer holds and it's a real battle of the forehands so far.

"Federer knows Gonzalez is a threat and he's been all business so far - a quality first three games."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Federer 1-1 Gonzalez
It's ridiculous but you feel this first service game could be vital for Gonzalez. He opens with an ace and takes the game to 30 with a couple of positive forays to the net.

Federer 1-0 Gonzalez
Gonzalez wins the opening two points when Federer misses a couple of forehands and the Chilean contingent in the crowd go bananas. Federer looks predictably unruffled and recovers with four points in a row.

  • BBC Sport's John Lloyd says he has had a word with Gonzalez's coach Larry Stefanki and the Chilean is going to try and go at Federer's forehand today. Blimey.

  • Gonzalez wins the toss and chooses to receive serve.

  • The players give brief interviews on their way to the court - Gonzalez "has been resting and feels relaxed and confident" while Federer has "not hit many balls in practice, I've been saving my energy for this match." Sounds ominous.

  • It's a beautiful evening in Melbourne and the roof is open on Rod Laver Arena for what we hope will be a great match - after the women's final we could do with it.

    On the face of it another one-sided encounter looks on the cards as Federer has been in majestic form and has a 9-0 record against Gonzalez. Yes, 9-0.

    Still, I'm prepared to stick my neck out and say that Gonzo will make a game of it - his form in beating James Blake, Rafael Nadal and Tommy Haas has been equally impressive.

    So, Gonzalez to win in five epic sets. It must be the lack of sleep.

    Men's Australian Open draw
    13 Jan 07 |  Tennis
    Women's Australian Open draw
    13 Jan 07 |  Tennis


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