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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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01/27/2006 | 07:45 PM
Keep it up Roger!
01/27/2006 | 07:37 PM
Congratulations and best wishes for Sunday. I BELIEVE in you always!
01/27/2006 | 07:35 PM
Hi roger,

CONGRATULATIONS yet another great game of tennis by the one and only the master has returned. The third and fourth set was the best of federer that was what i have been looking for the greatness which is you just keep that going to the final
01/27/2006 | 07:29 PM


Hey Roger im very sure that you will win this one !

01/27/2006 | 07:28 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!

You definitively are the best. Great, Great, now the Final, at least, your big chance to be the unquestionable Champion. Prove all your game power, and don't forget that absolutely all my energy and mental force it's gonna be
01/27/2006 | 07:26 PM
Congratulations, Roger! Well done. You're so great, and I know you'll win at sunday final..
You're the best tennisplayer currently, and you haven't lost a Grand Slam final, so i'm sure that you will win! But take care - Baghdatis is a good player :P Good
01/27/2006 | 07:22 PM
Congratulations! We love you in Russia... You are the best! Me and my friends, we all wish you good luck this Sunday!
01/27/2006 | 07:17 PM
Congratulations Roger! You played a great match today! We love you in Hungary. Good luck for the final!
01/27/2006 | 07:16 PM
Great Match Roger!! Congratulations..
I woke up at 4:30 am just to watch the game, and it was worth it.. The 3rd and 4th sets were amazing, you showed the great tennis we're used to see on you.
We'll be cheering for you on Sunday morning here in Venezue
01/27/2006 | 07:03 PM
dear Rogerrrr
im so glad i hope ull win in finaaaaaal youre the best we love you
Christine from Armenia