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Title #6 just one step away!

04.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger took another big step towards his dream as he defeated Russia's Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4 this afternoon, making his sixth consecutive Wimbledon final.

 

He will now face No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the final. He's aiming to better Björn Borg's open-era record of five straight titles from 1976-80 at the only grass-court Grand Slam. Borg watched Roger play from the Royal Box today on Centre Court.

 

"It's great," Roger said. "Playing Safin is always a pleasure. Having the opportunity to win the final again means so much to me."

 

Roger once again played brilliantly and demonstrated his class. Although Safin served up predictably the biggest challenge to Roger's reign so far, the Russian still fell woefully short, hindered further by a series of unforced errors which blew his only chance in the second set tie-break. Roger made a lightning start and typically upped his game when it was necessary, leaving Safin shaking his head in bewilderment as Roger switched on cruise control to clinch his victory in just one hour and 41 minutes.

 

Our star's run at The Championships this year has been remarkable: he has gone 18 sets unbeaten in a row, and in the wider context of his matches on grass, he has now gone unbeaten for a consecutive 65. Roger has dedicated a moment of his time to the critics who doubted his form heading into the tournament.

 

So once again the two finalists are Roger and Rafael Nadal. It is the third consecutive time that they are playing each other in the last round in Wimbledon. Roger won in four sets in 2006 and in five in 2007. The match starts Sunday at 2 p.m. local time.

 

 
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07.07.2008 | 06:38
Roger,

You are a PHENOMENON ! Period.

This match will be remembered as probably the best final in the history of the game. To come back & level scores from 2-0, playing Nadal at the height of his game at the Wimby final & making it possible through
07.07.2008 | 00:25
Dear Rog

What a fanatastic advert for tennis around the world this match was. I don't know what was sadder to see - you losing the trophy you cherish more than any other or the way you looked as you stood watching Rafa with the trophy. You fought so
07.07.2008 | 00:07
Ohh...what a SUBLIME match!THANK YOU,ROGER for this incredible lesson od psychological force!In my heart i'm suffering for this loss,but you don't have to be sad...just CHEER UP,FEDE!Unfortunately it was all about luck!You just have to be more aggressive
It was a privilege to watch such an amazing match. As a young tennis player, you have inspired me to never give up and always play my best. Now just go out and win the Olympics and US Open!
06.07.2008 | 23:51
Dear Rogerholics,

You guys are all great. I hope Roger or Mirka read at least some of the comments on the website. They would make them so happy.

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ROGER'S POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:

http://www.wimbledon.org
06.07.2008 | 23:46
Amazing match Rog! To come back from two sets down is amazing in itself. It just wasnt your day but take heart, we all know you are a true champ.
Ohh...what a SUBLIME final!!!Thanck you,Roger for offering us such a match and more important...a lesson of psychological force!I want you to know that you're still the greatest tennis player of all time for me!Don't be sad, but you should think a lot at
06.07.2008 | 23:41
Roger Fans,

Just a note. I had a lucky penny at the bottom of the box I will send Roger. I thought ...I'll check my change jar for a 1981 penny for his birthday and sure enough I found one .....one of the 35 pennies in the jar! Right ON!

:)
K.El
06.07.2008 | 23:39
Roger

This is a sad day for tennis. I never wanted power to win over the grace and beauty of tennis.

I am so sad for you. No one can ever said you did not put up a fight. Unfortunately, as my friend reminded me last year I need to be prepared as
06.07.2008 | 23:35
WELL DONE GREAT CHAMP YOU HAVE PLAID
VERY VERY WELL GO REST NOW AND KEEP
FAITH AND KEEP YOUR HEALTH THAT IS
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS WORLD
MY HART IS BLEEDING BUT NEVERMIND
HOPE NEXT TIME WE WILL HAVE JOY
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