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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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03/21/2006 | 11:03 AM
When you have a good first serve, you would defeat anyone on this planet including Nadal, Roger, keep your first serve strong(above 90%) and win the French Open
03/21/2006 | 09:42 AM
WELL DONE MY CHAMP!!! I have to congratulate with you for the fantastic hattrick in Indian Wells!!! I've watched the matches against Gasquet, Ljubicic and the final with Blake, and I have to reknown that in some moments your magic tennis was very incredib
03/21/2006 | 06:32 AM
Wish you and your Mirka
03/21/2006 | 06:32 AM
whew !!! congrats on this one:) your win made my day. God bless for the rest of the year, especially the grand slams.
03/21/2006 | 06:02 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations on your 3rd IW title and new record. You are phenomenal! It was a beautiful and exciting final between two great players and gentlemen. We couldn't ask for more.
Your fan,
03/21/2006 | 05:54 AM
Congrats Roger!!! U were excellent on Sunday. Love Patty <3
03/21/2006 | 05:33 AM
Yee Haw Rogi! I totally knew you would win and I knew even before I saw the actual match! But even while I was watching it, holy smokes I was on my toes especially in that last set! Congratulations Roger and I can't wait to see you in Toronto in August!
03/21/2006 | 04:46 AM
Congratulation Roger!!!!
You are the best!!!
Well, well done
Keep going like that
03/21/2006 | 04:06 AM
It was a beautiful match, Roger. Well done and congratulations!
03/21/2006 | 03:23 AM
Roger my love,