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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 | 10:54 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations!!

Regards
Sunil Ramautar(The Netherlands)
09/14/2005 | 08:35 AM
Roger,
Absolutely The Greatest.
Congratulation, you're the best of the best.
Victor Beelt.
09/14/2005 | 07:49 AM
Way to go Roger!!!
Congratulations and thank you for making history before our eyes. I enjoy seeing players who change the game for the better and you have really made me enjoy tennis once again. Keep up the hard work and watch history be made. I've been
09/14/2005 | 06:27 AM
Congrats!!! Your the best!! I got up early to watch the game and it was worth every minute...
See you in Melbourne next year... Best of luck for more wins...
09/14/2005 | 05:42 AM
Roger,

Congratulations !

What a match ! What a great victory ! What a fantastic display by you and Andre. We-fans appreciate your both very much. Things were looking very good for Andre for a while. But you withstood his relentless, dazzling attack
09/14/2005 | 05:39 AM
Roger,

Congratulations !

What a match ! What a great victory ! What a fantastic display by you and Andre. We-fans appreciate your both very much. Things were looking very good for Andre for a while. But you withstood his relentless, dazzling attack
09/14/2005 | 02:17 AM
Very well done Roger...
I loved the match and i didn't doubt it for a moment that u would not win....Enjoy the moment and congrats on ur 6th slam title....i believe u can beat sampras's 14 titles.....go go go go for it.....i truly enjoy watching high cla
09/14/2005 | 01:20 AM
From Brazil to Federer:
"A fantastic tournament for a wonderful player"

João André
09/14/2005 | 01:19 AM
Roger, you are a marvelous player and a incredible person... Keep on liviing this way...
Congratulations for another Grand Slam title.
I am sure, you are aware of your potencial now, as all of us, your fans, are.
09/13/2005 | 10:52 PM
Roger
You deserved that tournament and you got it, well done! I loved the way Mirka did her hair; it looked fantastic! Congratulations Roger. You are the Best!!!!!!!!
Brainyxxxxxx