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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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09/12/2005 | 09:45 PM
YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
09/12/2005 | 09:29 PM
well done Roger you realy earned that win I'm so proud well done
09/12/2005 | 09:27 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!! It always feels fantastic to see the person that inspired you to take up tennis play so incredibly and eventually win! All the best!!!
09/12/2005 | 09:20 PM
Absolutely fabulous! You can't get more drama and pure, spectacular tennis like that! You are a phenomenon! Keep working and going this way!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Lots of love,
Kikko xxxxxxxxx
09/12/2005 | 08:31 PM
Well, what can I say? If your final at this year's SW19 was brilliant, then this one was Super brilliant! Roger, thank you for another unbelievable match! It still remains a mystery to me how you managed to get back from that 2-4 deficit in the 3rd set -
09/12/2005 | 08:06 PM
Hello, plesase for my english, come Argentina please!!!!!!, you are the best
09/12/2005 | 08:04 PM
ROGER, YOU THE BEST PLAYER OF THE WORD, good luk for the next tournaments, please como of the atp of Argentina, please, please Roger. God Bye
09/12/2005 | 07:37 PM
Dear Roger!!!
It was fantastic!!! Congratulations!!!!
We love You here in Hungary, too!!!!

GO ROGER!!!!
09/12/2005 | 07:35 PM
Congratulations Roger!
Well done on your 6th slam although there will be many, many more to come. You were such a pleasure to watch and are such an inpiration. Can't wait to see you kick some ass at the Master's Cup in Shanghai!
09/12/2005 | 07:32 PM
Dear Roger, congratulations on a job well done in not-so-friendly environment!
I wonder how you could breeze through the first set and then practically "check out" in the second? Why in some matches, including the last one, after sprinting to a quick lea