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8th May
2003
written by kat

Tournament Tales
from ATP Insider
8th May 2003
TOURNAMENT TALES
->> – IN ROME: Spanish stars JUAN CARLOS FERRERO and CARLOS MOYA took in some of the sights in Rome during the Telecom Italia Masters. Ferrero was given a tour of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, while Moya took time out on Monday to go shopping at the famous Georgio Armani store.
The Super Swiss Versus the Mighty Mantilla
Roger Federer meets Felix Mantilla in Sunday’s final at the Telecom Italia Masters Roma.
Roger Federer advanced to the final of the Telecom Italia Masters Roma, after Juan Carlos Ferrero retired with the Swiss leading 6-2, 4-2 in their semifinal match.
The Federer-Ferrero showdown brought together two of the world’s best clay court players in the high-profile stage of a Tennis Masters Series event, but Ferrero couldn’t finish the match as inflammation in his right arm worsened. Ferrero injured his right arm in Valencia, and because of the injury the Spaniard pulled out of the Tennis Masters Hamburg which starts Monday.
Federer is now a match away from claiming his fourth ATP title of the year and his second career Tennis Masters Series trophy. The Swiss, who won the title last week in Munich, also boasts a 36-6 match record for the season, the best on the circuit. With his victory Saturday, Federer also jumped a spot to third place in the ATP Champions Race, edging Rainer Schuettler.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Federer: I was disappointed with the way the match ended but now I feel good to be in a (Tennis) Masters Series final. I won in Hamburg last year and I really want to win this title too.
It’s always something special, you know. It feels good to have won a few matches in a row. (Tennis) Masters Series are extremely tough, – six matches in seven days, you know. It takes a lot out of you.
I saw him having treatment, you know, last few days. I knew his shoulder wasn’t good. I mean, you see him in the treatment room and all this but, you know, you never know how bad it really is. It can just be prevention or all this kind of stuff.
I think this is also in one way a good week, just to get to see how the other guys play. It was good for me, and especially this week, who I played and who I beat and how I beat them, for me to know that I can hang with them from the baseline no problem. So that was good mentally.
Ferrero: On the injury
It had begun when I was playing Valencia. Today it was hurting a little bit. Then when I was serving, it hurt, a kind of sting in my arm. That’s when I knew it was getting worse.
It’s nothing serious, but it’s hurting. It’s an inflammation of 6 millimeters in my arm. I think because I’ve been traveling a lot and playing a lot of matches in a row, maybe I need some rest.

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