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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 | 06:57 PM
01/27/2006 | 06:40 PM
Dear Roger
You deserve everything you got so far.
Marcos is a nice person and a very good player.
But you are much more :-)
We'll be watching you from Brazil and God willing you'll end the day as the Australia Open Champion!
Love
Cris
01/27/2006 | 06:36 PM
Roger, great match against Kiefer! You showed your brilliance once again!

Best of luck in the final against Baghdatis - I know you will win it! That will make 3 slams in a row - almost to the "Roger Slam" - I love it!

Have a great match, stay shar
01/27/2006 | 06:28 PM
Come on Roger! i know u can make it 7/7!
i feel sorry for Marcos. he did very well but now his effort will be shattered by u cuz u r the BEST!
i wish u all the best!
01/27/2006 | 06:25 PM
OMG Roger! I recorded the match to watch tonite so I can now have a nice enjoyable evening with a glass of wine and watch you do your magic on court. Btw - I finally got onto the livescores in the office near the end of the 3rd set - so thank you for al
01/27/2006 | 06:23 PM
Hi Roger,
You are very good, we aprecciate you and we love you!!!!
But we are very sorry!!
Another train is coming in your place!!
MARCOS BAGHDATIS!!!!
OLE!!!!!
Greetings from shiny Cyprus!!!!!!!
01/27/2006 | 06:21 PM
Go Roger! Produce a good match! Win Win Win!

frida
01/27/2006 | 06:18 PM
I could not watch you playing today but I know you played great. And the results are there. Congratulations. Hope you can do even better on Sunday. It will not be easy, but I trust you and I hope you will get this title, your 7th GS!!!
Go for it Roger. I
01/27/2006 | 06:16 PM
We did it.....Congratulations...It was an awsome game...You had complete control...Now with Baghdatis just get your ear plugs on...forget the crowd and show them once again who's #1...The World Champion...YOU....
01/27/2006 | 06:15 PM
Roger the best!!!