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Phenomenal Roger in Indian Wells

20.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger has became the first player to win three consecutive titles at Indian Wells! He defeated No. 12 James Blake, 7-5, 6-3, 6-0, in Sunday's final. Roger was feeling in an acquisitive mood, having erased a 4-1 first-set deficit.

Roger has not lost a match in the United States since the summer of 2004. "I hope I get the [big] whale," said a smiling Roger, referring to the unique trophy at Indian Wells. He now counts thirty-six titles, seven of them Grand Slams.

"Even though I don't fall on my knees and cry and everything, it still means a lot to me," Roger said. "Sometimes, really, the big satisfaction comes later on, maybe a few months down the road when I go like, 'Wow, I really did well in Indian Wells.' "

The way he pulled Blake around the court, Roger might as well have been at the control of a video game. That particular point came at deuce in the eighth game of the second set, with Blake serving at 3-4. It earned him a break point, his fourth of the game, and Roger finally secured the break with an easy forehand volley.

"I felt very, very confident on the court," Roger said. "At some moments obviously I knew this is almost impossible that I'm going to lose this final."

The way Roger dominated the last two sets, it was hard to imagine he ever had problems winning finals. After his news conference, he revealed it once concerned him because he had done so well in finals when he was playing in juniors. "I thought, 'What's wrong?' Now I'm over that," he said.

The self-confidence about his game settled in long ago. And Blake made sure Roger's other qualities were not overlooked. During the post-match presentations, Blake told the crowd about the time he received a note in 2004 while he was hospitalized in Rome after breaking his neck during practice.

It came from Roger. They didn't know each other particularly well. But Roger acted instinctively and spoke to Mirka about doing something. "I heard it was very serious," Roger said of Blake's injury. "And I just thought, 'Poor guy, I hope he gets better.' I said, 'Mirka, let's get a pen and paper.' "

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03/23/2006 | 06:26 AM
you are a magician in the court
03/23/2006 | 04:39 AM
Roger - once again you put on a fantastic display for everyone...every match you come up with great shots. Congratulations on your 3rd successive title at Indian Wells!

I was very touched to hear that you sent a note to James when he was injured - wha
03/23/2006 | 03:50 AM
woohoo!! yay i knew you could beat blake! good job...ur tennis skills r amazing!!
03/23/2006 | 02:19 AM
Espectacular triunfo sobre blake , te felicito. Me gustaria que la pagina estuviera en español para que asi todos tus fans de latinoamerica puedan disfrutar de ella. saludos desde chile Cesar V.
03/22/2006 | 07:31 PM
You are just as a fine human being as a tennis player. That is why we always root for you.
Next stop, Miami

03/22/2006 | 06:06 PM
Endless source of inspiration…
Wish your life continues to be a marvellous fairy-tale…
Congratulations… ineffable thanks…
03/22/2006 | 04:35 PM
Roger, you make my chest swell with pride because you have all the qualities I myself strive to have.

May your good fortune continue...

All the best!
03/22/2006 | 04:33 PM
I know you're a great man, not only a sportman but a man who knows life's values..Come on Roger, many congratulations..see you at the next victories!!!Kisses Emanuela
03/22/2006 | 02:14 PM
Congratulation Roger!you're simply the best!wonderful game!well done!
good luck at Miami!
we love you!
03/22/2006 | 01:58 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!
One more time you have shown to the world that you´re the best tennis player of this age and probably of all history!You made me feel special for being your fan again.
Good luck in Miami and don´t fear Nadal,you are much better
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