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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 | 06:10 AM
Dear Roger,

This is the best Chinese New Year gift I've gotten so far! It was indeed a heart-warming and memorable victory which most of us will never forget. Get yourself a well deserved rest now and congratulation for a job well done.

01/30/2006 | 05:56 AM
Hey dude, that was simply outta this world stuff. I was just goin' nuts wen u won the Aus Open. I live in Melb and wanted to come watch but culdnt. But Ill be ther next year with full voice. Well done champ, ur simply too good!!! Watch out Sampras, cos he
01/30/2006 | 05:53 AM
Sir Roger,

With a heart full of happiness and joy i dearly congratulate your win. I was so terrified when u lost the 1st set. I cant even stand anymore. It was like my whole energy was sipped out from my being. But my heart was intact. I prayed, i hop
01/30/2006 | 05:50 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!! Baghadatis played real well, but you showed and proved to all why you're number 1!! Brilliant game!! You deserved the win!!! :)
01/30/2006 | 05:42 AM
Roger, you made me cry along with you. Congratulations on an incredible win and God bless you for your endearing honesty and amazing grace. You are truly a champion of champions!
01/30/2006 | 05:39 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Roger...you make all your fans so happy...you did a great macht and now i see an other roger =)...again congratulations...and i hope you can win the french open this year....

Keep going!! Saludos desde Chile..KoNtA
01/30/2006 | 05:31 AM
CONGRADULATION ON THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN!! I am so proud of you. You have been my favourite TENNIS PLAYER for years now.
All my friends thought BAGHDATIS would win but I said it is not over til they play the match. I watched every minute of your
01/30/2006 | 05:31 AM
I knew you could win the Aussie Open and you did it! Congratulations!

A big fan from the United States,
01/30/2006 | 05:30 AM

I'm looking forward to the French Open, and I wish you the best!!!
01/30/2006 | 05:28 AM
Congratulation on ur memorable success in Australia, all fans in Thailand support u always