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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 | 10:01 AM
You could control the whole match,Roger,especially in the second,3rd and 4th set,you could do it easily.What a great day!
^.^...giving you a big hug!
01/30/2006 | 09:53 AM
What you've achieved is HUGE!


Hope to see you in Geneva in 2 weeks.


Kalachnilskov - www.parlonstennis.com
01/30/2006 | 09:50 AM
01/30/2006 | 09:38 AM

You really are the best.
Another victorious game for you!
No doubt that you will make it.
More power!

01/30/2006 | 09:35 AM
Hi Roger!
Congratulations on winning Australian Open! You were great! You are the fighter! You are the best.

Durign these tragic moments which we go through in Poland your victory was the only thing which caused a smile on my face... I want to thank
01/30/2006 | 09:31 AM
Hi Roger,

Just to echo the comments of your countless fans around the world holding their breath when you lost the first set. You did look uncomfortable and I haven't really seen you like that in a final before. But like you said even you can get nervo
01/30/2006 | 09:27 AM
What an awesome tournament! Congratulations!!! I cried with you too and I keep seeing the footage replaying on the news today and wanting to cry again!!

Well done!
01/30/2006 | 09:02 AM
Hi Roger, Congrats on winning the Aussie Open - you must be a very happy little vegemite (ask Tony Roche to explain :-) ) I really enjoyed seeing you play - now go and take a well-earned break. Best wishes to you and your team. Carol.
01/30/2006 | 08:58 AM
Well, it wasn't an easy match by any means, but once again you turned it on when you needed to. You are the best!!

You looked so sweet when you broke down during your speech. Wish I was able to hold you


Linda (Luton-UK)
01/30/2006 | 08:53 AM

That was amazing. Congrats on your 7th slam. You made me cry too.

As someone else pointed out you are living our dream. You have managed to touch so many people all around the world. As much as I am in awe of your personality I am in awe
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