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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 | 04:53 AM
There are no words....Not only did you showed the best & unique game...that only you #1 can.. strong...aggressive....intelligent... play... beyond...but most of all you showed and gave a bigger and special lesson....Your heart...your soul...your feelings.
01/30/2006 | 04:53 AM
There are no words....Not only did you showed the best & unique game...that only you #1 can.. strong...aggressive....intelligent... play... beyond...but most of all you showed and gave a bigger and special lesson....Your heart...your soul...your feelings.
01/30/2006 | 04:52 AM
Hi Roger,
Congratulations !!! you are incredible man.
Thanks for your match and your performance. You never make your fans are disappointed.
Keep going .We are always support you forever.
Wanna
01/30/2006 | 04:46 AM
Saw the whole wonderful match, Baghdatis worked hard to chase every ball, but you just stepped up a gear to break him down. Emotional trophy presentation even made me shed a tear! Congratulations on the first of the Grand Slams!
01/30/2006 | 04:41 AM
DEAR ROGER,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
HOPE YOU HAVE TIME TO READ OR SCAN ALL YOUR FAN’S MESSAGES CO’Z I DID. WE ALL SAY THE SAME THING BUT I'TS AMAZING HOW WE ALL LOVE YOU. IT WAS VERY SWEET OF YOU WHEN YOU CRIED. IT MADE YOU VERY HUMAN. IT SHOWED THE WORLD
01/30/2006 | 04:39 AM
There are no words....Not only did you showed the best & unique game...that only you #1 can.. strong...aggressive....intelligent... play... beyond...but most of all you showed and gave a bigger and special lesson....Your heart...your soul...your feelings.
01/30/2006 | 04:36 AM
hi roger
i watched last night on tv and was lucky enough to see you play in person in the first week of the open... you made my day, actually my week when i watched you train on the first wednesday and met you when you signed my hat (i was the girl in t
01/30/2006 | 04:36 AM
Congratulations, Roger, you're the real champion for always!
It's another fantastic game you played and also a great start of 2006.
Have a good rest and relaxation, then let's move towards France! You know we all have faith in you.
01/30/2006 | 04:34 AM
DEAR ROGER,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
HOPE YOU HAVE TIME TO READ OR SCAN ALL YOUR FANS' MESSAGES CO’Z I DID. WE ALL SAY THE SAME THING BUT I'TS AMAZING HOW WE ALL LOVE YOU. IT WAS VERY SWEET OF YOU WHEN YOU CRIED. IT MADE YOU VERY HUMAN. IT SHOWED THE WORLD
01/30/2006 | 04:34 AM
hi roger
i watched last night on tv and was lucky enough to see you play in person in the first week of the open... you made my day, actually my week when i watched you train on the first wednesday and met you when you signed my hat (i was the girl in t