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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 | 08:41 AM
Roger, Congratulations on winning the semi finals. It was a feast for all of us.
Now we are waiting to see how our champion treats the hi-energy Bagdatis and put him in his place.
We pray for you, and wish you all the Best in creating and crafting a wo
01/28/2006 | 08:40 AM
good luck! roger....have fun!!!!

j.
01/28/2006 | 08:08 AM
Dear Roger
You played 4 sets last night against Kiefer, you said you really turned it up when you had to (the 3rd and 4th set). I hope you do not over joyful cos I thought it was Kiefer who collapsed during these two sets.. So, you really need to play we
01/28/2006 | 06:25 AM
Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/28/2006 | 05:54 AM
Jan.29th is the first day of the Chinese Lunar calendar,good luck,Rogi!
Wish u a happy season!
Kind regards from China.
01/28/2006 | 05:52 AM
01/28/2006 | 05:34 AM
Just keep your focus Roger and definetely this is your title!!!! Have fun on court!
01/28/2006 | 05:22 AM
What can i say? The two best players are face to face, best of luck to both and hopefuly the better player will win. Federer is a world class player but whatch out another one is in the making!

see ya!
01/28/2006 | 05:20 AM
What can I say?
01/28/2006 | 03:38 AM
Wonderful!!!

What a amazing match you played, you showed a magic hand Rogi, so we hope a great final on Sunday, u can do it Roger! And you´re gonna do it once again.
We love u Rogi, thanks for all...

Leslie