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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 | 04:55 PM
Congratulations Roger,

You're a real champ and you deserve all these victories, because no one can be making us enjoy tennis as you do that and you making us are proud in you...thanks for this victory specially against Andy...that's great...
See you
08/22/2005 | 04:46 PM
Just like Mary in the award ceremory said, "who can afford to rest for 6 months in the middle of the season". You can, and you came back to win the record fourth masters series in a tournament that you have not won before.

You always amuses us and w
08/22/2005 | 04:16 PM
Congratulations unique Roger! It's such a pleasure to see you playing, to watch your game and your talent, your fair play and your inner peace.
Thanks for being an inspiration for all those who respect you and love you...
08/22/2005 | 03:53 PM
Just perfect.You are the perfect player.The faroh of tennis.Go Roger,and i know you'll win the us open because you are siply the best.Congratilations again
08/22/2005 | 03:23 PM
Congratulations Roger!! You're the best! :)

You played a great match... Some of those forehands were unbelievable! :)

Good luck in the US Open. I'll be cheering for you all the way! :)
08/22/2005 | 02:55 PM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations!!! Keep that up in the US Open, another big moment in your career.

die-hard fanz
08/22/2005 | 02:33 PM
hey roger!!!
fantastic.......u r no 1. ^0^
good luck
08/22/2005 | 02:32 PM
A fabulous win and securing another title to the list.
Congratulations you must be very jubilant by this Western and Southern Financial Group masters victory match and Andy may be disappointed but he has the record title earlier in 2003.

The match
08/22/2005 | 02:29 PM
Dearest Roger,

A big, big congratulations for winning this absolutely crucial and important tournament! I watched you play live in starsports (its 1230am here) and from the first couple of sets on, I knew you would win. Roddick just doesn't have enough
08/22/2005 | 02:10 PM
Congratulations Roger. I always knew you'll win again over Roddick. Another title, another record written, another win over Roddick... Roger, you are superbly fantastic . I just wish for you to continue winning over top players. Good luck and take car