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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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01/30/2006 | 10:52 AM
Dear FEDGI ,

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

Deep deep down, I know you'll eventually WIN. Even the great Rod Laver's comment is on your side. Like he said, "Enjoy it & you'll win them all."
Keep up your GREAT.

Rest & stay healthy - our GREA
01/30/2006 | 10:34 AM
Gongratulations Roger!

You are a great champion and you have a big heart.

You are my Hero.
01/30/2006 | 10:33 AM
Well played -- like the champion you are!
01/30/2006 | 10:28 AM
congrats Roger, i knew u will win! but why did u have to give us a scare in the first two set :P just kiddin!
well done and all the best for the coming tournaments!
01/30/2006 | 10:27 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations. You are so great and you deserve your 7th grand slam title. I cried when I saw your tears too. Keep going!!!

Sarah from China, mainand
01/30/2006 | 10:20 AM
Bring it on! You certainly did. I have been courtside in Melbourne to watch all your matches ( what a lot of queuing that was!) and I was never more proud to be a Fed fan than when you showed your emotion so movingly. Have a god rest now and take good car
01/30/2006 | 10:15 AM
Congralution Roger on the victorious 7th Grand Slam!!! I enjoy every moment of your matches.
It has been a rough ride but please keep at it.
I hope this good start make way for the next grand slam!

01/30/2006 | 10:12 AM
Dear Roger,

You certainly are an inspiration! Congrats on your victory! A well deserved Number 1 spot, hopefully for many years to come.

Keep up the good work and continue to feast our eyes with extraordinary tennis.

01/30/2006 | 10:09 AM
You're Superb!!
01/30/2006 | 10:02 AM
Congratulations !
You are the hero!
I am a Chinese fan!
Welcome to China again! There a lot of your fans !
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