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Roger Federer admits tough week after Istanbul Open win

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Roger Federer was delighted to win the inaugural Istanbul Open on Sunday - but revealed it has been a 'long tough week' in Turkey.

The World No.2 was the star attraction at the tournament, and the Swiss did not disappoint the supporters as he defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6(11) to lift the 85th title of his glittering career.

"It's been a tough week; four tough matches," Federer, who was taken to three sets in two of his matches, told reporters.

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"I thought the final was my best one. I'm very happy. I'm very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I've had a wonderful week. On and off the court, I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoy the crowd support and experience Turkey."

Federer's clay-court campaign began slowly as he was beaten in the last 16 of the Monte-Carlo Masters by Gael Monfils.

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Federer happy with tournament win

However, the record 17-time Grand Slam champion has been working on certain aspects of his game on clay for nearly a month as he looks to gain confidence going into back-to-back Masters events in Madrid and Rome and then the French Open.

After taking the opening set in 33 minutes, Federer looked to be on course for a comfortable victory when he broke his opponent in the seventh game of the second set.

Cuevas, though, levelled the match at 4-4 and moved into a 5-4 lead. Federer forced a tiebreak and saved three set points, and managed to avoid another match going into a deciding set by converting his fifth match point to claim his third triumph of the year.

"It's been crazy, in a good way, and I hope I can do it again one day," added Federer on playing and visiting Istanbul. "Right now, I'm just happy I was able to win the tournament. It's always the best feeling for an athlete to be the champion at the end of a long tough week."

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