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Roger in his 7th Grand-Slam final

27.01.2006 | Tennis

Roger will play unseeded Marcos Baghdatis in the Australian Open final! He overpowered Nicolas Kiefer (GER) 6-3 5-7 6-0 6-2 in the semi-final today.

 

Roger sealed his win on his fourth match point when Kiefer netted a service return after two hours and 40 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to reach his seventh final in the past 11 grand slams. "We have had many close and tough matches over the last few years," Roger said of Kiefer in a courtside interview. Roger had too much power and shot variety for Kiefer, who was playing in his first grand slam semi-final in 35 attempts.

 

Roger has never lost a grand slam final and will be seeking his third straight title after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, leaving only the French Open to complete a "Roger Slam" of all four major titles in succession! With a victory this Sunday he would be the first player since Pete Sampras, twelve years ago, to make the triple.

 

Roger beat Baghdatis in straight sets in the fourth round in Melbourne last year before he fell to eventual champion Marat Safin in the semi-finals. The Cypriot has made extraordinary progress through the tournament, toppling second seed Andy Roddick in the fourth round and then seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic in the quarters. Baghdatis, a former world junior champion, then stunned fourth seed David Nalbandian in Thursday's first semi-final, coming from two sets down to win 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4.

 

"I'm looking forward to it. What a great effort by Marcos," Roger said.

 
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01/29/2006 | 07:19 AM
Good Luck Roger !!!

Simi.
01/29/2006 | 07:15 AM
Roger:
There is only a few hours for your last match in Australia.I am a little tense now.
Do you know that today is the real first day of 2006 in China?People always visit each other on this day to show their best wishes for a new year.Now
01/29/2006 | 06:36 AM
congratulations!!!!!
enjoy your match in the final
01/29/2006 | 05:48 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations for that easy win (Kiefer).Yours indeed is the chance to play the finals against Bagdhatis who really worked his way forward. Learn from the Safin experience. Forget entertainment..Focus and work hard for th
01/29/2006 | 05:48 AM
Hi Roger ,

What a match against Kiefer , beautiful ,intelligent and powerful tennis. You look in wonderful physical shape and i am happy for you . Best wishes for the final against Marcos . Play the same kind of tennis in the Semi and the victory
01/29/2006 | 05:43 AM
hey, Roger! i've finally gotten to see your last 2 matches LIVE! i've had to stay up past 6am to do so, but it was well worth it! and i will very obviously be doing the same tomorrow morning! i can't wait to see ya, i hope you play great... and i hope you
01/29/2006 | 04:09 AM
Roger,

Go Go Go...
I pray for you.

Misty (from Hong Kong)
01/29/2006 | 03:17 AM
All the best Rogi!!!!!! Hope you do it!!!!!!!
01/29/2006 | 02:36 AM
im soo happy.sos grande good luck wiht baghdatis
01/29/2006 | 02:29 AM
Fantastic Roger
Great win against Kiefer.
I'm enchanted by your performance, especially back hand all the time. I love your tennis!!
I can't wait for Today's final to come.
Keep it up, and take the title!
I love Roger, I love tennis.

Mika
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