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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 March, 2005, 21:33 GMT
Federer destroys Hewitt for title
Roger Federer
Top seed Roger Federer continued his domination of world number two Lleyton Hewitt as he won the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Federer went into the final on the back of six consecutive wins over the Australian and he started in imperious form, breaking twice in the first set.

Hewitt saved a break point in game three of the second with the rally of the tournament, but it was not enough.

Federer broke again in game seven and powered on to a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory.

It stretched Federer's record to 17 consecutive finals without defeat and gave him his seventh title in eight tournaments dating back to the US Open.

"My game has a lot to do with footwork," said Federer. "When I'm moving well, I play well. This week I've played and felt fantastic.

He's purely playing on confidence. He goes out there and believes on the big points
Lleyton Hewitt

"The pressure is off and I'm relieved. I didn't sleep that well overnight because Lleyton was coming up. But once everything's over, it's a huge relief."

Hewitt said: "I probably went for a little more than I needed to. But against a guy like Roger, his movement is superior.

"He makes you go for that little bit extra every time because he really does cut off the angles extremely well.

"He's purely just playing on confidence. He goes out there and he believes on the big points and the big shots are going to come off for him."

The Swiss star had made it through the draw without losing a set but still looked to have another gear to find going into the final.

To Hewitt's misfortune, Federer made the step up from the outset, dominating the Australian from the baseline.
"It's a tough decision to make, how much to go for it and how much to pull back.

With his serve working well and the backhand more solid than on some occasions this year, there was little Hewitt could do to hurt Federer.

It took two extraordinary lobs and a reflex volley to hang on to his serve in a miraculous point midway through the second set, but Federer was already in control.

With two breaks in the the third set he let his concentration slip as Hewitt got one back but it only delayed the inevitable, and Federer signed off with an ace.


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