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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 January, 2005, 16:00 GMT
Federer confirms Doha dominance
Roger Federer
Roger Federer started 2005 the way he finished 2004, by winning another final - the Qatar Open in Doha.

The world number one had to overcome spirited resistance from Croatian Ivan Ljubicic before winning 6-3 6-1.

But Federer played consistently well behind his polished serve and carved out break opportunities at key times.

The Swiss has won 14 straight finals after prevailing in 11 in 2004, and will bid to improve that record later in January at Australian Open.

"I am extremely happy to start the new year in such fine fashion," Federer said.

"I am sure this win will give me great confidence going into the Australian Open."

The tournament top seed took just 63 minutes tosee of Ljubicic.

The Swiss won the final, and each of his previous matches in Doha, without conceding a set or a service game.

It was his 21st victory in a row since his second-round loss at the Athens Olympics last August.



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