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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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01/28/2006 | 08:20 PM
Dearest Roger,

I am so happy that you found your form once again when playing Kiefer. All our prayers, hearts, minds and spirits will be with you on Sunday. Play your best game and do not take Baghdatis for granted.

Roger I wish you all the luck in
01/28/2006 | 06:30 PM
Roger,

No other word, but GOOD LUCK IN THE FINAL!

Laura
01/28/2006 | 06:11 PM
ALL THE BEST.HOPE TO SEE YOU WITH THE TROPHY !!!!!
01/28/2006 | 06:02 PM
THOUGH I CANNOT BE WITH YOU PHYSICALLY, I WILL BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT AS I WATCH YOU ON TV IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING.

GOOD LUCK, ROGER M'LOVE....I SEND YOU GOOD WISHES ACROSS THE MILES.

LUV...SHALIMAR
01/28/2006 | 05:53 PM
c'mon roger
you're going to win because you're
the best and today you demonstrate that fact
01/28/2006 | 05:48 PM
Great match against Kiever. Very strong return.
You're even opend up a little.
Thats what possitive energy does to someone.
Better show some emotion, then no emotion at all...
It makes tennis more beautiful to watch.....
01/28/2006 | 05:40 PM
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, continuation of your great defense.
01/28/2006 | 05:12 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!

Good luck in the final against Marcos!!!

Lots of love, Lydia
01/28/2006 | 04:59 PM
rogi,you know ,today is chinese new year's eve.i wish you'd get your 7th grand slam trophy tomorrow.that's the best new-year-present for me.thank you!!
kisses!

irene from shanghai
01/28/2006 | 04:38 PM
Hey Roger!
So glad to see you in the final! I'm sure that you can beat him since you already have 3 out of 3 times. But he's become a better player during the Aussie Open. Still not enough to beat you though! =)
So, I'll be watching. On tv, that is.
G
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