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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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01/27/2006 | 09:41 PM
great! wonderful! superb! fantastic! unbelievable! terrific!
I have no words to describe your game in this match Roger ;)! I will be with you on Sunday, I saw it on Wednesday. You will win a you'll reach your 7th Grand Slam title;]
01/27/2006 | 09:40 PM
Damn Your Good!

Awesome performance. I'm so glad you kicked his whiny little grautier! Kiefer is such a jerk! I'm so glad you obliterated him.

Although Baghdatis is a very likable and excellent player, I hope you see him off in 3 outstanding se
01/27/2006 | 08:57 PM
Yes!! Another Grand Slam Final!
Congrats. Play well and have fun!
I'll be with you all the way.
01/27/2006 | 08:56 PM
Fantastic Roger! Congratulations on reaching the Aus Open final. Well played - you were brilliant! It's great to see your game flow!

All the best for Sunday's final, Roger. I'll be cheering for you, as always. God bless you Roger, I believe you wi
01/27/2006 | 08:36 PM
OMG Roger,
you were great today!
I watched little your match!That what I saw was fantastic!
I now that you will win!!!!
This title must be your!
You deserve it!!!!
We are with you Master and(like you said):
'TOGETHER EVERYTHING IS POOSSIBLE"!!!!
S
01/27/2006 | 08:32 PM
Roger Congratulations! and don't pay any attention to the bloody Greek noise on Sunday. Good luck and enjoy yourself!!!
Brainyxxxx
01/27/2006 | 08:17 PM
give him a break, make it 4 sets.

they need the air time.
01/27/2006 | 07:52 PM
Congratulations, Roger - what a great performance!
Looking forward to the final - GOOD LUCK!

Love,
Daleyxxx
01/27/2006 | 07:48 PM
Congratulations Roger
Amazing match, simply... you are the best... :)

Good luck in the final

With Love

Rachel
01/27/2006 | 07:45 PM
Y-E-S! ROGER! Good job and for sure, I can see, you'll be all business from the word go this Sunday to win your 7th Grand Slam Title. Please, please bear in mind NO charity points to Baghdatis 'cos now it's a Grand Slam title at stake. Also, you don't