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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 | 03:37 AM
Dear Roger:
One Giant step and you're in the winners circle. Stay patient, mentally focused and WIN...WIN...WIN. Keep Tony smiling.

Your favorite and MOST SENIOR fan in NJ
01/28/2006 | 03:21 AM
c'mon roger!! beat this guy! I'll be cheering for you!!
01/28/2006 | 03:00 AM
Great job,Roger!
I feel like that real Roger Federer has come back!
I think there's no problem for you to win the champion if only you don't make so many unforced mistakes as you did when you played against Davydenko and Haas~
01/28/2006 | 02:10 AM
congratulations and you continue winning , and don´t forget the concentration, ok, take care, and becareful, sara.
01/28/2006 | 02:01 AM
great and flawless performance Roger !
You shine on Centre Court...!
keep your calm and shut out the
"Ra-Ra band of Greek surporters" on Sunday,
just concentrate on your own play and brilliance; then you show them how it's done! You give Marcos a goo
01/28/2006 | 01:34 AM
brilliant r0ger!!!! abs0lutely superb tennis! i watch the final games of your match this morning and your win made my day! g00d luck against baghdatis. he's a tough opponent. i can't wait to watch you play! give it your all! and remember your fans will be
01/28/2006 | 01:27 AM
Excellent Match, this was quite different than the two before. Too bad for "Kiwi", he is a great player, very fun to watch when he is out of control because it shows the way he feels the sport, and many times he is right.

It was awesome to watch Baghda
01/28/2006 | 01:25 AM
Estuviste genial en el partido contra Kiefer!!!!! ni duda de que eres el número uno, mucha suerte en la final, aunque lo unico que no me gusta es que me tengo que levantar a las 2:30 a.m. pero no importa con tal de verte ganar!!!!

Att
01/28/2006 | 01:20 AM
Oh yeah, Roger! You da bomb. You got this!

Go on and win that Grand Slam. It's so yours!
01/28/2006 | 12:28 AM
Way to go Roger. Commanding performance in the 3rd n 4th sets. Good luck in the final. I'm sure you'll be geared for it. Will be supporting you from back here in Singapore!

Go Go Roger!