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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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09/16/2005 | 09:13 PM
Wow, Roger, u don't know how much i admire u! You've done a great match and everybody agrees that it was a great final. for me, there were 2 hours of tension and, when u won the matchball, i jumped off my chair. Congratulations from all my heart! God bles
09/16/2005 | 08:32 PM
PJVA is right ...... he is definitely a bright ray of sunshine in all our lives.
ROGER 4 EVER, Pat, UK.
09/16/2005 | 04:53 PM
Go!!! Roger federer.You r the winner..
09/16/2005 | 09:29 AM
läck häts da viel kommentar =o)

sogar vo gegende woni garnöd gwöst ha das es döt internet git O_o tja dä rosche isch üsen pro =o]

09/16/2005 | 05:19 AM
FEDERER from A-Z


Roger is Absolutely Brave, Courageous and Determined.

He is Elegant, Fearless, Gracious, Humble, Incredible and a Joy to watch.

Although he has K-harisma (with a k) he is no-Less Magnificently Notorious in play.
09/16/2005 | 04:24 AM
Roger , you did so good in the Us Open !!!
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU

I hope you still love playing Tennis, and I hope you keep playing as well as you do now.

LOVE U LOTS!!!
09/16/2005 | 01:56 AM
I'm from Mississippi where we are dealing with the terrible Katrina destruction. Thank the good Lord, I had only 3 trees blown down and only minor damage to the house. But during the last 2 chaotic weeks, it was nice to watch Roger play tennis. I am so
09/15/2005 | 09:55 PM
HI!
Soy Colombiana y respeto mi país (por eso escribire en español) fue un excelente trabajo, ademas lo que mas admiro es el gran poder mental que le exige a su cuerpo es una de las mejores cualidades que tienes. Nunca me intereso el tenispor que los ten
09/15/2005 | 02:34 PM
Congratulations! You are the one bright ray of shunshine in my life right now. Just want to let you know how much I appreciate what a good person you are, and the way you play tennis.

Hugs, Pam V (Tampa, FL)
09/15/2005 | 01:08 PM
WELL DONE, WHT ELSÉ I CAN SAY ,,, I & ALL THE FANS R PROUD OF U ! TAKE CARE !

[UR BIGGEST FAN]
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