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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 | 03:32 PM
Tremendous run for you. back to back GS titles.
You are just wonderful.
Really enjoying watching you hold your racket and play your best tennis. Looking forward to you best tennis for the rest of tournaments...
09/13/2005 | 02:46 PM
coooooongratulations Roger.you did it^0^.
you are the best^__^ .

naweerah from Dubai

09/13/2005 | 02:33 PM
*-*-*CONGRATULATIONS! my love "ROGER"*-*-* The INCREDIBLE MAN*-*-*

How could u turnaround when coping with the tough situation???..U showed everyone know it's up to the HEART&BRAIN. U r my inspiration ..Keep GOING ON ROGER...i'll cheer u every matches
09/13/2005 | 02:10 PM
*-*-*CONGRATULATIONS! ROGER the Incredible man*-*-*

how could u turnaround when u cope with tough situation??? u made everyone know it's up to the HEART&BRAIN. U r my inspiration ...GO ON ROGER...

waiting for yr coming to Thailand
09/13/2005 | 01:56 PM
Congratulations Roger !!! you're great...I love you soooo much................

MY LOVE TO YOU

Soumya
09/13/2005 | 01:44 PM
Wow! What a great win! Roger! You showed your splendid tennis and strongest will again and again!
I don't know what to say but I was extremely touched when I saw you jumping off the ground to celebrate the great victory.
I know how hard you fought and
09/13/2005 | 01:43 PM
Wow! What a great win! Roger! You showed your splendid tennis and strongest will again and again!
I don't know what to say but I was extremely touched when I saw you jumping off the ground to celebrate the great victory.
I know how hard you fought and
09/13/2005 | 01:43 PM
Wow! What a great win! Roger! You showed your splendid tennis and strongest will again and again!
I don't know what to say but I was extremely touched when I saw you jumping off the ground to celebrate the great victory.
I know how hard you fought and
09/13/2005 | 01:30 PM
WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!! for winning the US OPEN (TWICE!) esp. beating Andre in their home soil! Your tennis is FAB and see you more with lots of winning grand slams.... take care and big kiss from us,
laurie xxx
09/13/2005 | 01:06 PM
Congratuation Roger !!!!! I'm so very happy^^
See U in Thailandopen
~Bye~