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Second US Open title!

12.09.2005 | Tennis

Roger has done it! He captured a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title against Andre Agassi this Sunday.

 

Roger responded to his few moments of pressure by reeling off seven straight points in the tiebreak that turned the match around, then took a clear lead in the fourth set to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1, bringing his stunning record in finals to 23-0.

 

Roger moved into a tie with Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker for Grand Slam titles among Open era players, and one behind John McEnroe and Mats Wilander. Pete Sampras holds the record with 14 Grand Slam titles, but at 24 years old Roger could well have a shot at that.

 

Roger shrieked and leapt in the air when Agassi's backhand return looped long on the championship point. The two men, who have the highest of respect for each other, shook hands warmly at the net. Though the 35-year-old Agassi was the oldest U.S. Open men's finalist in 31 years, age had less to do with the difference in this match than Roger's sheer strength, variety of serves, and superior balance of attacks from the baseline and the net that wore down Agassi.

 

If this was Agassi's last U.S. Open after 20 straight— he won't decide until the end of the year whether to retire — it was remarkable even in defeat. "It's been a tough road, but it's been a great road," Agassi told the cheering crowd. "Roger played way too good today. Congratulations Roger, well done."

 

Roger became the first man in the Open era, which started in 1968, to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open back-to-back for the second consecutive year. Three players have done it twice, though not in consecutive years: Jimmy Connors, McEnroe and Sampras. The last player to accomplish the feat was Don Budge in 1937-38.

 

"This is probably the most special Grand Slam final in my career," Roger said. "To play against Andre in New York, it's a dream. "I had to play my best match of the tournament. It happened I played my best in the finals, as usual. I don't know how I do it, but it definitely feels great every single time."

 
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09/13/2005 | 04:13 AM
congratulations, you you deserve it by your game that grows day to day.
Maxi Lefebvre of Argentina
09/13/2005 | 04:11 AM
Federer for me you is best of all the times, can until stopping to play to be wanted does not need to gain more nothing, you is perfect.I am its bigger fan.
But, literally perfect in all the places of square and in all speeds.
The Roger Federer plays an
09/13/2005 | 03:49 AM
Roger you are simply the best, I have to admit that my family and I jump and scream during your matches, but regardles of the nerves at the end we are thrilled with you performance. Congratulations. I think it truly can be said that you are the best ever.
09/13/2005 | 03:47 AM
congrats roger!!!

you are definitely the best player in the world!!!

you truly deserve it!!!

God bless you always..

have fun and enjoy your victory!!
09/13/2005 | 03:34 AM
Sufri un poco pero nunca dude de que serias el Campeon, Felicitaciones...........Todo un numero 1
09/13/2005 | 01:27 AM
wow..congrats roger..you really deserve it..all ur hard work paid off..you really are the glad slam man!!!
09/13/2005 | 01:27 AM
wow..congrats roger..you really deserve it..all ur hard work paid off..you really are the grand slam man!!!
09/13/2005 | 01:23 AM
Bravo! Roger! You did it again!
Quite a nice game!
Congratulations!
I'm so proud of you and feel so lucky to be your fans.
I'm convinced that you will be the greatest player in the tennis history.
See you in the Master in Shanghai!
Have a good rest.
09/13/2005 | 01:15 AM
Dammn Roger!!!
Congrats, you're simply the best. Words arent necessary, it was like I was watching the heaven. Such unbelievable tennis!
09/13/2005 | 01:08 AM
HEY roger..i'm so glad you won. i watched your match beginnig to the end.. i think it was the first time you screamed when you were mad. i think this is championship really proved to the whole were that you really are the boss. i totally cheer you on for