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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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09/13/2005 | 10:27 PM
:)... I dont know how you do it but it rocks!!!!! Gongratulations Roger :-) You certainly deserve it. Hopefully you take out the Australian Open as well:P

09/13/2005 | 09:22 PM
WELL DONE Roger! I was so nervous watching the match that my stomach was upset and I couldn't eat a thing. Even as things were so tough in the 2nd and 3rd sets, I kept telling myself "Remember Miami, remember Miami" when you came back from 2 sets and a
09/13/2005 | 07:22 PM
Congratulations, Roger, on this tremendous achievement, as more records have fallen to your one-in-a-billion talent!

You showed great courage and mental strength in prevailing despite the partisan crowd. You know that wherever you play, whatever the c
09/13/2005 | 07:09 PM
Congratulations, Roger, on this great achievement, as more records have fallen to your one-in-a-billion talent!

You showed such great courage and mental strength in prevailing despite the partisan crowd. You know that wherever you play, whatever the c
09/13/2005 | 06:35 PM
What an amazing accomplishment, Roger! You showed poise, elegance and resourcefulness at the toughest moment, and that made all the difference.
09/13/2005 | 05:07 PM
federer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ur da besttttt!!!!!! i luv u sooooooo much...my hobby is TENNIS i practice alot and i hav lots of matches im 12 my matches are the ones under 14 so....im trying to do my best of winning egypts # 1 tennis player (under 14 champ
09/13/2005 | 04:52 PM
Do you know that many many fans and children in thailand feel so happy with you again.
i know that when you play with Paradorn some many thai people or children in thailand cheer you more than him , it's small joke for thai tennis fan .Don't serious abou
09/13/2005 | 04:37 PM
Roger!! You are great!!:) Congratulations from Poland :]
09/13/2005 | 04:37 PM
Well done my dear and "great one" Roger!!!Thank you much!!It would be a dream to be there and screaming loud "Go Roger Go"!!!You were amazing,you are simply the best tennis player ever....Keep going bro,all the best for you forever....Your Greek fun for l
09/13/2005 | 04:12 PM
YESSS!!!!!!!! Congratulations Roger!!!! Never for a moment during the match did I think that you wouldn't win it!!!! You are playing absolutely superbly...on top of that you're the most modest and humble player I have ever seen, qualities that make you ev