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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 | 01:58 AM
Simply amazing! True champions come through when they're down, and you certainly gutted this title out. This has to be a very satisfying win for you. Congratulations! Get some rest and savor the moment. I'll look forward to seeing you in your next event.
01/30/2006 | 01:53 AM
Hey Rog!
Firstly, congratulations on your 7th Slam...you're truly the best player in tennis. Your respect and emotion for the game are inspiring to all of us. I wish you only the best, and hopefully we'll start thinking about the GS after you win RG.
01/30/2006 | 01:49 AM
Truely Amazing!!

After watching your fantasic win last night I was impressed with the amount of respect you showed your opponent even though he was the underdog.

After visiting your website for the first time it is fantastic to see someone who has e
01/30/2006 | 01:45 AM
congratulations king.you are the best in this sports.you made a perfect shots in the macht. you give many happyes. is soo great seven slams in three years.good luck and remember you rae the king of the sports.SOS EL MAS GRANDE.
01/30/2006 | 01:45 AM
Congrats Roger!! Exellent win to start the year. I am looking forward to see you complete your grand slam in France this May and your fourth Wimbledon this Summer. Anything is possible when you step on the court. Your a true champion on court and off. Kee
01/30/2006 | 01:43 AM
hey roger. congratulations. you definitely got me worried the first set, but i had confidence in your abilities. you truly are #1 for a reason! :) the speech was wonderful, it showed how much you love the game and how down to earth you are as a tennis pla
01/30/2006 | 01:40 AM
hi roger! that was great! at first we thought that's the end but you remained calm and brilliant! it's so cool and you have a very nice opponent...we love to see you play...Congratulations our Roger!!!! my mom loves you.... :D
01/30/2006 | 01:28 AM


WHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE YOUR GAME - LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

honestly you should come up and celebrate in sydney before you travel to switzerland again!!

gosh you had me worried at the start of the match - just ask my boyfriend - but you came bac
01/30/2006 | 01:25 AM
Congratulations!!!

You are not only an amazing player but such an awesome person. I was happy to see the "handprint" you did for the kids charity, only hours after you won ur seventh grand slam title!!!

You deserve it so much!

Good luck for the r
01/30/2006 | 01:22 AM
YESSSSSSSSS!!! Roger you're firstly a great man before then a magic player!!! When you were crying, I was very emotionated, and you must know that I'm very proud of you!!! Only the great champions are able to trasmitt really sincere emotion, and you my ch