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Last Updated: Monday, 11 September 2006, 06:55 GMT 07:55 UK
Delighted Federer eyes more glory
Roger Federer
Federer has now won nine Grand Slams, five behind Pete Sampras
A jubilant Roger Federer promised there would be more Grand Slam success to come after beating Andy Roddick 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1 in the US Open final.

It was the world number one's third straight US Open title and the ninth Grand Slam of his career, putting him sixth on the all-time winners list.

"It's nice but I don't want to stop here," said the 25-year-old. "It feels a bit strange, because I'm still going.

"It's been a fantastic season. Winning three slams, it's unbelievable."

Victory on Sunday enabled the Swiss star to move into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list, leaving Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall behind him on eight titles.

I'm shocked myself how well it's been going in the last three, four years

Roger Federer
Only Pete Sampras, Roy Emerson, Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver and Bill Tilden have claimed more titles.

"I always knew I was talented, I had potential and everything," added Federer, who also won this year's Wimbledon and Australian Open.

"But it's just in a different league now - winning so many.

"I'm shocked myself how well it's been going in the last three, four years, because being not only compared to former great tennis players, but now especially also to other great athletes all over sports."

GRAND SLAM WINNERS LIST
14 - Pete Sampras (USA)
12 - Roy Emerson (Aus)
11 - Bjorn Borg (Swe)
11 - Rod Laver (Aus)
10 - Bill Tilden (USA)
9 - Roger Federer (Swi)
Federer even had to withstand the pressure of golf's world number one, Tiger Woods, watching him at courtside in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"It's like maybe the first time your parents see you do something special or somebody comes to you who you really look up to," said the world number one, who spent 20 minutes together with Woods before the final.

"For me it's like that when I go out there and I see Tiger sitting there. It's like, I have to try to play well."

Roddick was realistic after losing for the 11th time in 12 meetings with the world number one.

"Roger is at the top, and he's the only person at the top, regardless of how much people want to make rivalry comparisons and this, that and the other," said Roddick.

I can't wait to spend the off-season working with Jimmy for an extended period of time

Andy Roddick

"He's the best player in the game. There's no question in my mind or if you ask any player about that."

However, the American was proud of his performance after pushing Federer hard at one-set all.

"I gave myself a shot today," he said. "I wanted to make it tough. I played my heart out. I tried my best.

"I felt like I had him a little bit off for a little bit of that third set and it could have gone either way.

"But, you know, I thought he played a pretty good game there to break me to win the set."

The 24-year-old admitted that his recent link up with Jimmy Connors in a coaching role had helped him immensely.

"I'm excited," said Roddick. "I can't wait to spend the off-season working with Jimmy for an extended period of time.

"I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and there's a lot of upside still there."

SEE ALSO
Gamewatch: Federer v Roddick
10 Sep 06 |  Tennis
US Open photos
10 Sep 06 |  Tennis


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