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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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09/14/2005 | 02:15 PM
congrats roger
u were really amazing and u really deserve it keep it on goodluck
09/14/2005 | 01:04 PM
Since now Roger is playing into the history book, I recommend all the Roger's fans the following sites which are useful:
1. for weeks in No.1:

http://www.tennis28.com/rankings/weeks_No1.html

2. for weeks in consecutive No.1:

http://www.tennis2
09/14/2005 | 12:21 PM
Nice to see you're smile again. CONGRATULATIONS by winning your second US-open title!!!
I found it a very special final agansed Agassi and because of my birthday that day.[excuse my english]
I've tryed to see the match live, but for us here in Holland
09/14/2005 | 12:01 PM
Roger Federer.you are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

Andre Agassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got
09/14/2005 | 12:01 PM
Roger Federer.you are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

Andre Agassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got
09/14/2005 | 11:57 AM
Roger Federer.you are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

Andre Agassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got
09/14/2005 | 11:56 AM
Roger Federer.you are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

Andre Agassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got
09/14/2005 | 11:54 AM
Roger Federer.you are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

Andre Agassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got
09/14/2005 | 11:25 AM
You are amazing true champion. Classic is your game, the serves are awesome. The games well matched.

AAgassi gave a fine performance, powerful ground strokes causing Roger Federer to chase the balls from left to right and almost got Roger out of steam.
09/14/2005 | 10:59 AM
Total respect. You did it again. You are now level with Edberg and Becker in number of Grand Slam titles. That says something!
Looking forward to see you live in Geneva in 10 days.
Cheers,
Kalachnilskov - www.parlonstennis.com