2006 ROGERS MASTERS
ROGER FEDERER v RICHARD GASQUET
2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Gasquet the 20 year old Frenchman, had been playing fantastic tennis all week in Toronto.
His biggest weapon, his one handed backhand looked better than ever and he has used new technique
on his forehand to solidify his all court game.
Federer was blown away in the first set with Gasquet hitting crosscourt winners with regularity.
Federer looked in real trouble as he was down 0-40 at the start of the 2nd set. Gasquet had his chances
but Federer held on and Gasquet never really recovered after realizing how easily he might have won this
Masters Series Final.
The 3rd set was where Federer, the consumate champion, found his form and used a variety of tactics to keep
Gasquet off balance. Federer hit shots with insane angles that nobody else in the history of tennis has been able to hit.
Both players had a highlight reel of shots that were impressive for the pace, placement, and spin they were able to come up with, often while the players were on the dead run. Federer was tested several times this tournament, but as usual, found a way to lift the champion's trophy at the end!