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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 | 11:35 AM
Good luck for the Final. It should be very interesting!!
Hoping to see you lift the trophy
Camille
01/28/2006 | 11:25 AM
Be patient on the points and get your first serves in order. Vijay Amritraj said the other night that Baghdatis would win if you beat were to meet him the final and it's in the script. Prove him wrong!!! You sure have what it takes to do it.
01/28/2006 | 11:18 AM
My CONGRATULATIONS Roger!!! Thank you for you ARE...
01/28/2006 | 11:13 AM
Dear Roger,

Give in your very best in the final. Only one step away from the title.

Hugz
01/28/2006 | 10:47 AM
Congratulation, I hope you win the title in great style. Use 100% of your skills - it can be tough opponent, who you shouldn't disregard. Take it easy and everything should be all right!
West Wishes, Jack from Poland
01/28/2006 | 10:46 AM
Bravoooooooooooo! You are the best! I was a great match for you! It's coming now the final! Good luck!

Magda
01/28/2006 | 10:45 AM
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east or west ROGER IS THE BEST..
WITH ALL MY LOVE 2 U.
GoOoOoOoOoOoO
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01/28/2006 | 09:47 AM
hi Roger;),

Well done! I'm so happy to see you happy:).
You played great. I'm sorry for the some bad volley's you did in the first set. But finally you've found your way to beat Kiefer. That's so typical you:P:).

It will be a very exciting match be
01/28/2006 | 09:25 AM
Wow! Do your best on this Roger, you know you can win the title.
I'm really looking forward to this match, it's going to be very interesting.
01/28/2006 | 09:16 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!!. Another grand slam final - another trophy to add to the collection. Just know that all your many fans will be cheering you on loud and proud. No matter the outcome we are all so proud of you.