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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 | 02:29 AM
WOW!!! Another final my champ!!! I'm sure that you'll show your magic tennis, like every final you've played!!! I think that Baghdatis is a good young player, but Roger you're the best player of the world!!! Come on Roger!!!
01/29/2006 | 02:10 AM
I'll watch u win again today ;)
Good Luck!!!
01/29/2006 | 01:14 AM
Great, great and more great Roger again!!!
Congrats for your wonderful match with Kiefer.
There are a few hours left for the final match, and I do hope (I'm sure you will) you get this new grand slam title.
Dear Roger: It's time to put Baghdatis in his
01/29/2006 | 12:55 AM
Wow Roger, nice win in the semis !
Now its the finals, and I like the way u respect yr opponent. Certainly Marcos has done very well in this tournament, and i supported him vs the other opponents that he had, but today, YOU are the one we all here suppor
kriko
01/28/2006 | 11:02 PM
Hago mías estas palabras:

"The Kiefer match showed you approaching your "Finals Form"!! What a joy to see. Please keep your focus with Baghdatis Sunday; he's playing like a possessed man! Wishing you low unforced errors, first serves in, continuati
01/28/2006 | 10:47 PM
01/28/2006 | 10:37 PM
Dear Roger,

We hope and pray that you are hungry for this title and that you are extra focused. Show Marcos your best game, move like a tiger! Go Roger!

Your Fan,
Angie
01/28/2006 | 10:27 PM
ROGI IS THE PERFECT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!
01/28/2006 | 09:17 PM
Best wishes for no. 7, Roger!!
01/28/2006 | 09:09 PM
oh Congratulations Rogi u r in the final in i m so happy for u .. so Go and u must have to win Good luck........... lot of luv (iqra)
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