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First Swiss Title

05.07.2004 | Tennis

Roger has won his first ATP title in Switzerland! He beat Russia’s Igor Andrejew 6:2, 6:3, 5:7, 6:3 in the final in Gstaad. After two defeats in the finals of Basel (Swiss Indoors) and last year’s five-set-marathon in Gstaad (Against Jiri Novak) Roger has been able to claim his first title in his home country. Roger is the first Swiss to have won Gstaad since Heinz Günthard in 1980. It is already his seventh victory this year. The encounter could have been over a lot earlier already. Roger was leading by a break in the third set when unusual errors suddenly made a rebreak possible for Andrejew who even claimed the set for himself. But then Roger found back to his usual performance leaving Andrejew no chance. Roger has made it to the final in Gstaad. Just as in the two previous rounds he had to play three sets against Potito Starace in the semi-finals (6:3, 3:6, 6:3). Despite the energy consuming two matches over three sets on Friday Roger was still able to improve his performance and was able to defeat Starace thanks to an early break (2:0). It has already been Roger’s 50th victory this season. Since the beginning of the season the world’s number one has only lost 4 encounters: against Tim Henman in Rotterdam, Nadal in Key Biscayne, Costa in Rome and Kuerten in Paris. Now Roger has the possibility to win his fist tournament in Switzerland for the fourth time tomorrow at 11am. And this time he really wants the title.

 

Roger is on the best way to repeat his superb performance of last year (Victory in Wimbledon and finals in Gstaad). By defeating Ivo Karlovic (6:7, 6:3, 7:6) and Radek Stepanek (6:1, 5:7, 6:4) he made his way towards the semi-finals today. The situation for the next round is very much in Roger’s favour – he will meet Italy’s qualifier Potito Starace (ATP 145) on Saturday morning. Furthermore only Germany’s Rainer Schüttler (ATP 8) and 20 year old Igor Andrejew from Russia are the only ones to Stop Roger from winning his first title.

 

Roger had no problems at all adapting from grass to clay and easily beat Germany’s Thomas Behrend 6:1, 6:1 at the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad today.

 

Roger had even had the privilege of going onto the Centre Court twice. In the afternoon all the spectators including Martina Hingis congratulated him on his second victory in Wimbledon. A year ago Roger had received his cow Juliette from the organisers in Gstaad. This time he was given an alpine horn. And Roger was even able to play a few tones, just as you’d expect from the ‘Swiss of the year 2003’.

 
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