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7th Grand-Slam for Roger!

29.01.2006 | Tennis

Roger overcame an early scare to beat Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday, winning the Australian Open for the second time and capturing his seventh grand slam title!

 

He reeled off 11 straight games to end the unseeded Cypriot's magical odyssey and reach another landmark on his own relentless march to tennis immortality. Roger became the first man to win three consecutive grand slam titles since American Pete Sampras 12 years ago and the third man to win his first seven grand slam finals. The other two, Richard Sears and William Renshaw, achieved the feat in the 1880s.

 

Roger was unable to contain his emotions after receiving the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup from Australian Rod Laver, the last player to hold all four major titles simultaneously. "I guess it's all coming out now," said Roger, with tears streaming down his cheeks. "I've had some hard speeches but this one is really tough."

 

Later, Roger explained that the magnitude of his latest achievement had been overwhelming. "It was a different type of grand slam victory, and I think that's why it was so emotional for me," he said. "I felt very nervous going into the match again. I was incredibly nervous, actually."

 

Baghdatis had captured the imagination of tennis fans the world over with his fairytale run to the championship match, but the ever-smiling Cypriot was unable to keep pace with Roger once the top seed raised his game. "It's like a dream and I've just woken up at the end," Baghdatis said. "It's been two weeks here that has been fantastic. I'm in the final, I played the final and I lost. It's just amazing."

 

The 20-year-old made a confident start in his first grand slam final, breaking Roger's serve in the fifth game, then again in the 11th game after handing back the initial break. "I was sweating like crazy because I had to fight so hard on my own service games and I thought, "Well, if this is gonna continue like this, I'll probably lose and a miracle is gonna save me tonight'," Roger said. But he managed to come back show what we know and love him for, playing brilliantly towards the end.

 

"I'm definitely on a great roll at the moment but don't forget it's been a tough road for me," Roger said."I amaze myself every time I do well. I've been so consistent, winning so many slams, it's quite incredible.

 

"I'll just try to keep it up, stay healthy and keep enjoying it, because that's what I'm doing, and I think that's what makes me play well. Now I've won them twice each at least it puts the pressure on the French."

 
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02/26/2006 | 03:12 AM
Roger, it was clear from your victory speech in accepting the trophy from Rod Laver, a true legend in sport, how much it meant to you; not just winning another Grand Slam, but what tennis truly means to you. It was also emotional for a fan of yours to wa
02/20/2006 | 12:37 AM
DEAR FANS:
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02/05/2006 | 07:31 PM
Was just one week before!..I know i late somehow,but was cause i was celebrating all the week!!!Great victory bro!Was so great!!I was anxious,cause i saw that you were not in your perfect feet in that tournament yet,especially after the first set...But i
02/04/2006 | 09:08 AM
Roger is the best of the best. I will support you forever
02/03/2006 | 09:56 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!
It was impressed very much.
I also have cried because it sees the victory ceremony.
You are a wonderful champion.
02/03/2006 | 07:37 AM
Dearest Roger!!! Congratulation on 7 Slam!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
My countless words of love and admiration, it's dificult imagine but with every your victory i love more and more!!!
I' m so proud of You!!
You give us so much joy and happiness that y
02/01/2006 | 05:19 AM
hey man, you are fantastic.
a wonderful year is waiting for you
be patient and strong. thanks God you are healthy.
best wishes for your best moments
02/01/2006 | 05:19 AM
hey man, you are fantastic.
a wonderful year is waiting for you
be patient and strong. thanks God you are healthy.
best wishes for your best moments
01/30/2006 | 11:24 AM
although I wasn't doubtful about you being the victor,you really gave us a scare for the first 90 min.Maybe you were trying to find the rhythm.But the win was the best thing to happen.And it was so good to see Mr. Rod Laver present the trophy,a great rec
01/30/2006 | 11:03 AM
congratulations roger.....and thanks for this victory.I hope that you this year win the grande slam....i think that you can do it.....
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