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Roger Federer Wins Kooyong Classic

January 15, 2005

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Roger Federer confirmed his No. 1 ranking and his status as the Australian Open favorite Saturday with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over second-ranked Andy Roddick in the Kooyong Classic final.

Federer broke Roddick’s serve once in each set, with the 23-year-old Swiss star lifting his game to another level when he needed it in his final warmup match before the Australian Open begins Monday.

Roddick turned his right ankle early in the second set, and spoke with the trainer after the third game. He continued, and the ankle didn’t appear to bother him.

Federer won 11 titles last year, including three majors. He started this season with a victory in Qatar last weekend and came into the exhibition tournament on a 21-match winning streak and a run of 14 wins in tour finals.

Later Saturday, Andre Agassi faced Tim Henman in an exhibition match.

Agassi retired from his semifinal against Roddick on Thursday because of a hip injury, but asked tournament organizers to let him play Henman after a successful practice session Friday.

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