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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 | 07:00 AM

I am soooo happy that you won! I will always support you no matter what.
01/30/2006 | 06:53 AM
amazing dude. i thought of changing tennis name to federer. u outplayed marcus with ur excellence and patience. i love to watch u tennis. i never missed single match. i want to seeu too win french open roger.
01/30/2006 | 06:48 AM
Dear Roger ,

So happy and proud to be your fan even more now after seeing you lay it on the line for all of us emotionaly. You are a magnificient warrior with an equally great compassion heart.

01/30/2006 | 06:43 AM
I'm not going to say, "Well done", because that doesn't even begin to explain how well you played. I couldn't stop crying after your speach. You are just addictive, you know that?

I love watching you play. I love listening to your interviews. I just lo
01/30/2006 | 06:43 AM
Congrat Roger.
A lot of people said that you are not at your best. But the statistic shown us that you are able Bagel (6-0) to Mayer R64, Haas R16, Kiefer (SF) and Baghdatis in AO Final. Not every champion are able to do that 6-0.
You done very extremel
01/30/2006 | 06:41 AM
Roger, you are the best. I loved your speech at the end, it was very heart felt, better than any words. And of course, congratulations!
01/30/2006 | 06:31 AM

MASTER, MASTER, MASTER, thanks, thank you very much, i´m so happy for you, because the people said, he is an iceberg, but us know that isn´t true, we always love you, my family and me.

stella maris
01/30/2006 | 06:30 AM
Congratulations Roger. Once again you have proved what a superb champion you are !! I couldn't help myself I just had to cry with you !!! Love Sue xxx
01/30/2006 | 06:19 AM
Felicitaciones Roger eres el mejor tenista de todos los tiempos...!
He seguido tus partidos uno tras otro y he sufrido en cada uno de ellos.. me he desvelado para verlos pero el sacrificio valio la pena nos diste el gusto de verte ganar de nuevo, olvidan
01/30/2006 | 06:15 AM
There are no words to explain this great momment...! You are the Best Roger...! To me it was very believe that yourost in Shangai but I wait twon months i order to see you winning again...! You are a role model to youth... your tenacity, work are two qual