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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 | 11:47 AM
You are absolutely great, amazing and just downright charming! Continue being the champion that you are. I wasn't able to watch your final match during its live telecast but i made it a point to catch its rerun. I was a bit agitated when you lost the seco
09/13/2005 | 11:20 AM
Congratulations Roger! Am soooo happy you won!!!
09/13/2005 | 11:17 AM
Many Congratulations, Roger!
I'm really looking forward to following you making a great history.
09/13/2005 | 10:57 AM
Congratulations Roger!

The win is very well-deserved...you played a great match, against a great player, and you clearly showed all the world that you're simply unbeatable...enjoy you're brief vacation Roger!

Love, Anna (Manila, Phils)
09/13/2005 | 10:54 AM
you are totally no.1.

09/13/2005 | 10:52 AM
Dear Rogi,

Wonderful, simply wonderful! What a match! It was so good to see one champ play another...and of course the right one won ;-) Enjoy the break before Geneva!

Congratulations and lots of love

09/13/2005 | 09:46 AM
Sorry late... but WELL DONE!
09/13/2005 | 09:43 AM
Congratulations Roger!

I wasn't able to watch & enjoy your match with Andre' but for sure it was a thrilling & exciting one....you truly deserve it!

Keep it up Champ!

Chickoy Rabe
Makati City, Philippines
09/13/2005 | 09:29 AM
I'm so proud of you! Having been Agassi's fan for many years it made it quite difficult for me to decide which one of these two great players I ought to support. But, being a citizen of Baselland myself, I finally decided to cheer for you... Well done - a
09/13/2005 | 09:06 AM

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