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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 | 08:57 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!!

Guts from Seattle
09/13/2005 | 07:47 AM
Roger, was really worth staying up till 3 AM to watch one of your greatest games. you were so amazing doin that. cant wait you to come to Dubai and defend for a 4th time title.
well done!!!!
09/13/2005 | 07:36 AM
Just fantastic Roger! Marvellous job. Congrats on winning your sixth Grand Slam and 2nd one this year. Absolutely stunning performance. You are a great inspiration to not only the tennis world but to everybody in this world.
Hope you maintain good health
09/13/2005 | 06:50 AM
You made me watch tennis matches. Superb.
Keep up the great work.
09/13/2005 | 06:43 AM
Congratulations Roger. You truely rock!
09/13/2005 | 06:25 AM
CHE DIRE...SEI UN FENOMENO!!NN HO MAI VISTO UN GIOCATORE COME TE..IN NESSUNO SPORT!!!HAI GIOCATO UNA STUPENDA PARTITA NEL COMPLESSO...SECONDO ME L'HAI VINTA SOPRATTUTTO DAL PUNTO DI VISTA MENTALE..CHIUNQUE SUL RISULTATO DI UN SET PARI E SOTTO 4-2 NEL TERZ
09/13/2005 | 06:20 AM
Well, congratulation. I am a big fan of yours and I cannot be more happy from this outcome.

I would like, however, to deferentiate from the xxx members and to share some points of concern. Except the tiebreak and the last set, everything felt quite pa
09/13/2005 | 05:10 AM
roger
if i want to find a words to describe your game.. it's BEAUTY...
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
Looking forward to watch you play next time....
best regards..
09/13/2005 | 04:36 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations Champ! You truly are the best of all time. I love watching your matches and I can't wait to see you in the Davis Cup. Keep playing with the brilliance and confidence that makes you a star. We all love you here in Canada,
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09/13/2005 | 04:14 AM