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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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09/15/2005 | 11:04 AM
I have been watching tennis since the early sixties - Bud Collins was an obscure broadcaster on the Public Television network.

I have seen a lot of great players. But really, Roger, you are the greatest I've seen. Andre was right about that.

Congr
09/15/2005 | 10:20 AM
Great Job Roger..! See you in Thailand.
09/15/2005 | 06:41 AM
Congratulations Champion!!!

Thank you for successfully defending your US Open title! You did it again. I just cannot express how happy I am. At 4-2 in the third set when Agassi (he played great) and his supporters maybe started getting a false hope
09/15/2005 | 06:09 AM
Very well done Roger!

Please please win the French Open next year to complete your GS collection and make your fan happy.
09/15/2005 | 01:48 AM
Roger:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You making history!!!!, you were so cute when you jumped in the air in the last point. I'm from Argentina and I love you.
You're simply THE BEST.
YASMIN.
09/14/2005 | 08:23 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations !

What a match ! It was a great victory ! We all appreciate your effort and performance.
I found there were fans like me who were nervous to watch your games in Live.
Semi and Final were thrilled so that my son and I w
09/14/2005 | 07:34 PM
What a great game roger...... I love the way u play....i am going to make a statement here... u will break the Sampras 14 grand slam record... i am just thinking what if ur back hand would have been working in the final..Congrats man... Reallly great gam
09/14/2005 | 05:59 PM
Federer,
congratulations fedex you have done it again with this achievement you have strengthened my beleif that YOUR TALENT IS INFINITELY SUPREME it was sad to see that you had less supporters in the final when compared to agassi but just remember that
09/14/2005 | 02:31 PM
CONGRATULATIONS..............IT WAS GR8 SEEING LIKE U PLAYED THAT DAY.. MORE SO IT IS A BEFITTING END TO A YEAR WHERE U REACHED ALL 4 GRANDSLAM SEMIS... LOOKING FROWARD TO SHANGHAI

ALL THE BEST

KEEP PLAYING THE WAY U DO
09/14/2005 | 02:23 PM
YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! Super Roger!!! What's a fantastic final!!! Agassi is a legend, you now, but my dear champ Roger you're becoming the most strong player of all time!!! The History's only waiting for you, Roger you're Immortal!!! What's a emotion your
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