Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Federer Enters the Record Books as He Wins Mind Games

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Federer Enters the Record Books as He Wins Mind Games

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Byline: James Olley Sports Correspondent

ROGER FEDERER today revealed the mental torment he overcame in securing a record-equaling 14th grand slam title by beating Robin Soderling to win the French Open.

The world No2 dominated yesterday's final at Roland Garros to record a 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 victory in one hour and 55 minutes. Federer now matches Pete Sampras's record haul and becomes only the sixth player in history to win all four majors.

The 27-year-old admits the weight of history bore heavy on his shoulders as he attempted to join the game's all-time greats but revealed the belief he would win once Rafael Nadal was eliminated ultimately saw him through.

He said: "I played one of greatest tie-breakers in my career by serving the four aces. But it was very hard mentally for me to stay within the match during the match, because my mind was always wondering, what if? What if I win this tournament? What does that mean? What will I possibly say? …

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