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Ninth title in 2005

21.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger made his return to the court a triumphant one, defeating Andy Roddick in straight sets to capture the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters title outside Cincinnati. Roger earned a 6-3, 7-5 victory on Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center for his ninth title of 2005 and became the first player to claim four Masters Series wins in a single season. He now has an 18-match winning streak dating back to a French Open semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal.

 

"I got to get away from these people from the Tour [players, media and photographers]," Roger quipped about his six-week layoff. "It was good to be away, but it's very nice to be back." He improved to 10-1 lifetime against Roddick and has a match record this year of an incredible 64-3. He has won his last 22 singles finals since losing to Jiri Novak in the 2003 Gstaad title match.

 

In addition, Roger is also 29-1 in ATP Masters Series events this year, with his only loss coming to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo, and he improved to 38-1 on the hardcourts in 2005. His last loss on a hardcourt came back in January when he was defeated by big Russian Marat Safin in the Australian Open semifinals.

 

It all adds up to Roger heading into the U.S. Open a week from Monday as the overwhelming favorite. Go Roger!

 
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08/22/2005 | 07:56 PM
just went through Andy's interview post match... so many nice things to say about you and all so true.
Keep on winning, keep on smiling,
stay healthy
xxx from ATH
08/22/2005 | 07:28 PM
Roger, I can't explain this, but I just can say: your're the best player (obviusly you know that too). Congratulations for this victory, you showed all your talent and intelligence once again, it's a pleasure to see you on the court and listenig to you ou
08/22/2005 | 07:18 PM
and the result is as was expected....
ROGER RULES...
congrats roger...

love u
sonali
INDIA
08/22/2005 | 06:53 PM
Hi,Roger,
Again you made another history.
It's so wonderful to see you watch your play.
I think now your problematic opponents would be less famous young guys or very quick running players like Nadal or Ginepri,just my guess.
Like your confidence abou
08/22/2005 | 06:52 PM
Congratulations Roger!!–

I knew you had a great chance of pulling off such a great win and you never disappoint!!

Your grace and style out their continues to flourish and amaze!! You continue to work hard to produce those Emmy award winning “wow
08/22/2005 | 06:43 PM
Simply well done! I expected Roddick would have put up more resistance, but .... anyway Rog this is just perfect for your confidence going into the US Open. Keep it up Rog, and I'll see you in NY soon!
08/22/2005 | 06:00 PM
Hi Roger ,

Congratulation for another victory and another record and US OPEN here we come . Eventhough everybody is tough to beat on any given day ,the main one is Mr Nadal with his brute strength and relentless pressure you have to stay really fit
08/22/2005 | 05:55 PM
Congrat~Roger !!!

The King of Tennis Forever~!!!
08/22/2005 | 05:44 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was so excited to watch you yesterday! Congratulations again! You're obviously # 1 for a reason!

~K
08/22/2005 | 04:56 PM
I Congratulate you Roger,
Thank you for a nice tennis,thank you as you exist.Your game is briliant like you.You'll be the best forever.the best athlete on the world!!!!

Just go on......US Open is in front of you.I want to see a title in your hands