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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 | 01:45 AM
What a joy to watch yr match yesterday, congrats. Thank you for the great match.
I am glad Blake shared the story about yr note to him, the one note he got from tennis professionals. You always inspire us.
Best wishes in Miami. Stay healthy n blessings
03/21/2006 | 01:42 AM
From bubtubus:
LETS GO ROGER, LETS GO (CLAP CLAP) LETS GO ROGER LETS GO (CLAP CLAP) LETS GO ROGER...
03/21/2006 | 01:33 AM
Come sempre...grande mitico Roger!!
03/21/2006 | 01:17 AM
A M A Z I N G!!!!...You were just amazing!!I feel lucky that i live to "your" years!!Thank you bro,keep continue...you are so young,you have so many things to show us...this unbelievable great "Federer" tennis!..Just AMAZING...
03/21/2006 | 01:10 AM
Roger it's not just this nice writing and the nice things I hear from u in all the transmitions.... It's what I see from u... amazing plays and a good attitud in court... off court and a BIG heart!!!
Be happy about it... so happy cause people love you!!!
03/21/2006 | 01:08 AM
WOW u are the greatest!!!
03/21/2006 | 01:01 AM
Congratulations ! Your victory, is our victory. In case you are defeated, it just means that you didn't want it enough or were bored, because you're apart from every one else in terms of development. Chasing you, your opponents only set traps for themselv
03/21/2006 | 12:59 AM
Congratulations ! Your victory, is our victory. In case you are defeated, it just means that you didn't want it enough or were bored, because you're apart from every one else in terms of development. Chasing you, your opponents only set traps for themselv
03/21/2006 | 12:56 AM
It's reallty hard to post comments on the first page! wow! i was waiting for this news to come so that i am the first one to post comments, but after a day, i'm on the 10th page already! that's how popular roger's win is, i guess.
Anyway, congratulati
03/21/2006 | 12:49 AM
Congratulations, Roger! It was a truly awesome match. And thank you very much 'Menu' for letting us know about the article. As you said, it was exactly how I feel. I just hope Roger will stay healthy, free of injuries and continue to enjoy playing great