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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 January 2007, 14:13 GMT
Federer focus now on French Open
Roger Federer
Federer did not lose a set on his way to a third Australian Open title
Roger Federer admitted his thoughts were already on completing the set of Grand Slam titles after winning his third Australian Open on Sunday.

The Swiss beat Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 and now holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, with only the French Open missing.

He said: "I'm close to winning four in a row again so that's on my mind.

"The French Open is next so it's going to be very interesting to see how I can do there. I hope I can win the title."

Federer went into last year's French Open in the same position, as holder of the other three Grand Slam titles, but lost in the final to Rafael Nadal.

"I have more experience now, what schedules to pick, what tournaments to play," he said. "My motivation is as strong as ever.

Of course he's beatable but it's tough

Fernando Gonzalez

"Rafa is very strong, very confident and he's a great player. I really enjoy the challenge of playing him."

Federer has now won 10 Grand Slam titles since winning his first at Wimbledon in 2003 and will break Jimmy Connors's record of 160 consecutive weeks as world number one next month.

"For me, it's really scary to win 10 Grand Slams from mid 2003 to today," said Federer. "The streak of being world number one is also important."

The victory over Gonzalez saw Federer become the first man since Bjorn Borg at the 1980 French Open to win a Grand Slam tournament without dropping a set.

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"Equalling records is really nice, no doubt," said Federer. "It was never a goal of mine to win a slam without dropping a set. As long as I win the trophy I don't mind how."

Gonzalez admitted that his chance came and went with the two break points he failed to convert when serving for the set in game 10.

"The match may be different if I had won the first set," he said. "Maybe I lose in four but I think every time I play him I never win the first set so that was maybe a key.

"I had a chance in the first set but he's a great player, he can do everything and defended really well when I attack him.

"I didn't take my opportunity. He needs only one break per set and he was playing really good tennis.

"He moved me around really well, was playing very good against the wind. He took me out of my position, it was tough."

And the 26-year-old did his best to remain positive that he can challenge at the top of the rankings.

"I have to be ready when Roger comes down a little bit," said Gonzalez.

"He's on the way to be the best player ever but he makes things very simple and whenever has a chance he takes it.

"I'm at a good level, I'm still improving and I can still improve further. It's been a very positive tournament for me.

"Of course he's beatable but it's tough. I think every match is a new match so I'll have to try next time."

SEE ALSO
Aussie Open photos
28 Jan 07 |  Tennis
Men's Australian Open draw
13 Jan 07 |  Tennis
Women's Australian Open draw
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