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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 | 06:13 PM
"I'm looking forward to it. What a great effort by Marcos," Roger said.
we're also looking forward to it. he might be good but you're the best. and you showed it once again today. when you lost the 2nd set against kiefer you have proved that the control
01/27/2006 | 06:11 PM
Roger,
CONGRATS! I woke up at 330 am to watch you live from Texas. Now its time to kick it up a notch for the championship. Your fans will all be cheering you on from around the world.
01/27/2006 | 05:58 PM
Congratulations Roger !

Excelent game !

You send Kiefer zu house, now make Bagdadis dance allober the court.

Good Luck, Health and Happiness !

Simi.
01/27/2006 | 05:56 PM
Roger,

Congratulations on a great win! It's a big relief to see you win the Aussie Semifinals after last year's loss to Safin. Now you don't have to answer any more questions about "semifinal slumps!"

As for the final against Baghdatis, it seems tha
01/27/2006 | 05:53 PM
well done roger...today you played a good match....but in the final of ao you have to play better....but overall,you have to serve better
go roger go
01/27/2006 | 05:48 PM
My dear Roger

Congratulations! again. My sincere best wishes to you. You have really made me proud. I watched the last set because I can't take the pressure to watch you live.

So I was so happy to see you play the last set. It was Great. Now I
01/27/2006 | 05:17 PM
SUPERMAN = ROGER FEDERER jejeje
01/27/2006 | 05:03 PM
My dear Roger, congratulations on your 7th GS final and your amazing win today! What an impressive display and what better audience could you have than Rod Laver himself?
Now one more big step is left to your 7th GS title and all my wishes and thoughts
01/27/2006 | 05:02 PM
i'm so happy to see you in the finals! those last 2 sets against Kiefer were amazing. I'm sure that the atmosphere for the finals will be like or even top the US Open where most everyone was rooting for Agassi - now it'll be Baghdatis. It's cool but I wis
01/27/2006 | 04:57 PM
Roger has done it again, well done mate! Strange but I didn`t feel nervous at all, even when you lost the second set, I felt like it was no way in hell that gonna loose the match.
What`s impressing is that you reached the final playing maybye only 75% of