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The perfect hat-trick!

03.07.2005 | Tennis

Roger has become only the eighth man ever to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles with a majestic victory over Andy Roddick on Centre Court today. He took 101 minutes to conquer second seed Roddick 6-2 7-6 6-4 and join All England Club immortals like Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Fred Perry.He showed an almost perfect performance against the world’s second best player with a simply dazzling performance of power, precision and outrageous passing shots. “It’s a pity for him but I really did play my best,” Roger told the BBC. “To win it a third time is really special." Roger had made his first move in only the sixth game of the match when he seized upon Roddick's weaker second serve to grab the first break and go 4-2 up. A second break via an audacious cross-court back-hand gave the Swiss star the first set in a mere 22 minutes and threatened one of the shortest finals in modern Wimbledon history. But Roddick responded admirably, focusing his energies on Roger's second service game of the second set and letting out a roar when Roger's netted volley presented him with the advantage. But the second seed’s delight did not last long with the champion’s simply sublime passing shots frequently befuddling him and leading to the seemingly inevitable break back for 3-3. By now Roger was in almost total command, making Roddick appear little better than the 35 players before him who had fallen at his feet on grass. Roddick’s only hope of wresting the initiative laid in the second set tie-break but once again his uncharacteristically misfiring serve let him down to give his opponent the immediate advantage.In fact, Roddick would fail to win a single point on his own serve as Roger raced through the tie-break 7-2 to take a two-set lead before a 25-minute rain delay. Roddick made a more solid start after the restart as Roger took a little time to regain the level of his first two, lightning sets. But a majestic cross-court backhand at an unimaginable angle gave him the break that mattered for 4-3 and moved him within touching distance of history. Completely unruffled by the looming prize at stake, Roger marched through his final two service games for a masterful victory before crumpling to the ground with joy. Roger, in tears as he lifted the Challenge Cup, admitted that completing a hat-trick was a special moment in his life. “It has been easier than the second somehow, I don’t know know why. I felt better throughout the tournament, even though there was pressure on me because of my semi-final losses at the Australian and French Opens. “I came here with huge expectations but this is almost a dream, I cannot believe it. Sampras was one of my favourite players of all time. Borg was fantastic and Fred Perry too. But I hope I’m not going to stop at three.” Roddick admitted the straight-sets defeat was difficult to take, saying: “I’m more in the mood for a beer right now. “I couldn’t have asked for more of myself. I wanted to win this tournament so badly but this guy is the best for a reason. He deserves a lot of credit. I ran out of options because he’s the complete player.”

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08/22/2014 | 04:20 PM
Roger. You are the GOAT.
11/25/2008 | 06:55 PM
Great Roger
You are the best, nobody can beat you on a grass court.
08/09/2005 | 03:55 AM
Why am i not suprised?
08/09/2005 | 02:06 AM
Roger really does deserve a lot of credit. He is the best player in all of history. I knew he would win. Roger is awesome.
08/08/2005 | 06:08 PM
Hope you will win this tournament more often

Sunil(the Netherlands)
08/08/2005 | 04:43 PM
Not a surprise at all!!!........ from the CHOSEN ONE!