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Federer's 41-match win streak broken

March 11, 2007 at 10:22 PM

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- Argentine Guillermo Canas pulled off the big one Sunday with his 7-5, 6-2 victory in the Pacific Life Open -- snapping Roger Federer's 41-match winning streak.

The win over the Super Swiss came in the second round of the $3.28 million open, the first ATP Masters Series event of the year.

Canas has won 11 of 13 matches this year. His victory Sunday not only ended Federer's hopes of a fourth straight Pac Life title, but also sent the world's No. 1 player to his first defeat since Aug. 16, when Federer fell to Andy Murray in the second round of the ATP Masters Series in Cincinnati.

Federer had won seven straight finals, one short of the record set by Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe.

Federer is still 259-16 since the start of 2004. He would have set a new Open Era record (since 1968) for the longest winning streak (47 matches) if he had captured the title. Guillermo Vilas currently holds the record of 46 matches.

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