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Fourth title in Halle

18.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger has entered the hall of fame with two more records. He earned a 6-0, 6-7 (4), 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in today's final in Halle to win his fifth title of 2006. Bouncing back from last week's French Open loss in style, he captured the Gerry Weber Open crown for a fourth straight time - the first athlete ever to have achieved that. He also won his 41st straight match on grass, tying the Open-era record set by the legendary Björn Borg from 1976-81.

«That certainly is an impressive number, but it does not mean very much to me. But I am certainly glad to have achieved this,» Roger commented. His last defeat on grass now lies four years back - against Mario Ancic in the first round in Wimbledon.

Roger improved to 49-4 for the year, including 5-4 in finals. Each of the losses came against Rafael Nadal, including last Sunday's setback in the French Open final. That loss came on clay, Nadal's favorite surface. Grass, though, is clearly Roger's playground. He is the three-time defending Wimbledon champ and now appears ready for the third Grand Slam event of the year, which is set to begin on June 26 in London. And things do look good, as in the past Roger has always gone on to capture the title in Wimbledon after having won Halle.

Roger improved to 3-1 lifetime against Berdych, winning the past three meetings after the Czech beat him at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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06/24/2006 | 01:45 PM
Ciao Roger, non so se riusciro' a guardare le tue partite a Wimbledon.
Proprio non ce la faccio emotivamente.
Qualunque cosa succeda, NESSUN altro giocatore di tennis prendera' il tuo posto nel mio cuore.
Prima o poi anche tu dovrai cedere all'et
06/23/2006 | 10:22 PM
Great Roger ...... every day you leave but clear because you are I number one and the best one. You are and you will be the best of history....God blesses to you!
06/23/2006 | 07:13 PM
The Tennis Gods are testing Rog - Gasquet is one of the only players who has the game on grass to worry him and for some reason, he's landed in the first round... Not as concerned about Henman at all ... GO Rog, you are the king no one else!
06/23/2006 | 06:39 PM
well of course Rog is the best but this draw is unbelievable, it will be exciting to see but Rog has to be at his best from the start this year ... that said, Go Roger!
06/23/2006 | 06:33 PM
Hey everyone

Why are u guys so concerned bout roger's "tough" draw? It doen't matter who he plays cuz he is the best player of all time on grass...remember? Roger is not only the best player on grass but also the greatest tennis player of all time... a
06/23/2006 | 04:47 PM
Hi roger,

I can't believe you have richard in the first round are they trying to test you or just getting the hardest player they could find for the first match just to get wimbledon of with a bang.

All i can say is please play your best match i don
06/23/2006 | 02:09 PM
Hi Roger-the tennis gods are challenging you these days... Gasquet first round? Henman second? and it gets tougher from there...of course, you can beat them all, but too bad you didnt get Nadal's draw! the guy has luck on his side that's for sure... best
06/23/2006 | 02:06 PM
i love you
06/23/2006 | 01:37 PM
Everything will be fine, Rogi, you're home here, on grass, you can win Wimbledon for the fourth time; it won't be easy, but you'll do it. I have complete faith in your ability to amaze the world once again, you're my role model. Good luck, baby!
06/23/2006 | 12:54 PM
You will win Wimbledon!
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