Roger Federer managed to turn everything he touched into gold in 2006, extending his dominance over the rest of the Tour that he had established in 2004 and 2005.
The Swiss won 92 of 97 matches (four of them were against Rafael Nadal) and set a new record by winning 12 ATP titles.
In 2006, Roger won three Major titles and lost three notable clay finals to Nadal, including Roland Garros, where he had a chance to win tennis glory.
Roger won all of his matches until the end of the season, following his second-round Cincinnati loss to Andy Murray.
He arrived in Tokyo a month after winning the US Open and won the title on his first try, defeating Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and seven minutes on October 8. It was his tenth trophy of the season.
Between 1999 and 2004, Henman held a strong advantage over Federer, winning six of their seven meetings before Federer gained control and won six consecutive matches against the Briton to end their rivalry with seven wins and six defeats.
In 2006, Roger Federer won his only Tokyo title
Despite serving at only 56%, Federer maintained control of the pace of his games. Losing only 11 points in nine service games while facing no break chances and putting pressure on Tim.
In his 28th ATP final, the Briton had six double faults and lost 45 percent of his initial shot points. He faced 11 break points, and was broken three times.
Roger held at love in the first game and took the lead at 3-2 after Tim’s double. Before closing the difference to 5-2 after three service wins in the second.
At 5-3 in the set, Roger smashed three wins to take the first set.
Henman fended off break attempts in the second set until he was broken at 1-1- when his forehand fell long, putting him further away from a positive outcome.
Federer sealed the break with a service winner and then blasted another to close off the sixth game and take the match 4-2.
He converted the third match point in the ninth game when Henman blasted a forehand mistake to celebrate his first and only triumph in Japan.