Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quebecer Gets Standing O In Loss To Federer

Fred Niemyer returns shot during loss to world No. 1 Roger Federer at Rogers Cup in Montreal on Aug. 11, 2009. Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

FedEx demolishes underdog Niemeyer.

MONTREAL – The sellout crowd at Uniprix Stadium celebrated the past and the present as the fans gave Fred Niemeyer a standing ovation Tuesday night at the conclusion of his match against No. 1 Roger Federer.

Niemeyer came out on the short end of a 7-6 (3), 6-4 count, but he was able to hold his head high as he made his final appearance at the $3-million Rogers Cup Canadian Open tennis championships.

“I played my last match here against the player I think is the best of all time and I can’t think of a better way to go out unless it would be to win the tournament,” said the 33-year-old veteran from Sherbrooke, who is retiring at the end of this year.

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