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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 | 01:07 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
09/12/2005 | 11:45 PM
Rogeeerr you are the Man, the only one. Congratulations for all that you are. You are the best player, but also a great person.Enjoy this moment with your people, good luck in the future, and continue with your success
cheers Rog!!!!!!!
( # 1 uruguayan
09/12/2005 | 11:44 PM
You make my whole life a celebration of your victories! Congratulations, Roger, my dear champion! You fought the immense sadness of the 9/11 and you won! From now on this day will remind me of your win!
09/12/2005 | 11:33 PM
Roger I want to congratulate you for this new grand slam, although you lost the second set and the third one was very difficult you knew how to deal with that and the crowd also.
Congratulations again and I hope you can win many more good luck!!!
09/12/2005 | 11:33 PM
AMAZING!!!
ROGER, what can I say, just that you are the best, well all the people know it, but I want to tell u that once again. You showed a wonderful tennis yesterday and that's because you are the KING.
Now enjoy this victory, master. CONGRATULATION
09/12/2005 | 11:31 PM
Congratulations!!! for your second USOpen championchips.
Roger you are the best player of the word and the history
09/12/2005 | 11:27 PM
Congratulations Roger for winning the US Open in grand fashion, you really are a true champion. With the win, another record in tennis history has been rewritten. I hope that you continue to win Grand Slams through the years, rewritting record after rec
09/12/2005 | 11:08 PM
Felicidades Roger Federer, un excelente abierto de los Estados Unidos y jugaste tu mejor tennis solo en los momentos decisivos, sin duda eres el mejor tenista que he visto en mucho tiempo, y el mas dominante desde Sampras, pero no te dejes llevar por los
09/12/2005 | 10:31 PM
Roger,congratulations!!!
Two straight victories are really splendid.
I have become more fans*:)
Please do its best aiming at the grand slam conquest this time.
I support you.
I like your tennis and you!!!
09/12/2005 | 10:18 PM
Congratulations Roger! You keep showing day by day that you are the best and you deserve to be world´s number one. Enjoy this beatifull moment.

God bless you.