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Federer and Myskina Named 2004 ITF World Champions

Grand slams winners Roger Federer and Anastasia Myskina were crowned International Tennis Federation World Champions on Monday.


Swiss Federer dominated the top position of the men's world rankings after the 23-year-old bagged 11 titles including three Grand Slams and the Masters Cup while French Open champion Myskina from Russia won the women's award with impressive performances in the Grand Slams, the Olympics and the Fed Cup.


"Roger Federer was the clear choice for ITF World Champion based on his extraordinary performance in 2004," ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said in a statement.


"The selection of Anastasia Myskina came down to her performance at the Olympic Games where she reached the semi-finals and her seven singles wins in Fed Cup in 2004."


Federer won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open to become the first man since Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in one season.


Myskina, 23, continued Russia's domination of women's tennis. Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon and Svetlana Kuznetsova clinched the US Open by beating compatriot Elena Dementieva in the final.


(Xinhua News Agency December 21, 2004)


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