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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 | 04:33 PM
You are the one!
01/28/2006 | 04:27 PM
Dear Roger!
I want to wish you a good, controled only by you final. Only one thing: much less unforced errors and final will be yours.
We all love you and will watch you this night.
Good luck.
01/28/2006 | 04:15 PM
YOU ARE THE BEST ROGER!!
YOU CAN DO IT!! C'MON!!!!!!!
01/28/2006 | 03:50 PM
Good Luck Maestro !!!
01/28/2006 | 03:47 PM
Very good, Roger! There's just one step ahead: The harder one. But you played terrific against Kiefer. Please, make sure that first service gets in, because you play much more confident when you're serving well. Be prepared for an eventual change in Baghd
01/28/2006 | 03:33 PM
Roger ........GREAT,
i hope you win your SECOND Aus Open.

Regards,
Sunil
01/28/2006 | 03:21 PM
Roger,
congrats! i'll be watching the finals and cheering for you! good luck!
~Kay
01/28/2006 | 02:22 PM
Yeeeeah!!!
c'mon
c'mon
c'mon
let's do it again ))
01/28/2006 | 11:58 AM
You did very well!!
good luck
01/28/2006 | 11:48 AM
Congratulations Roger.

I am very eagerly awaiting tomorrows match. I wish you all the best. You are just amazing.

Good luck and I'll be cheering.

Stacy