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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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06/23/2006 | 11:53 AM
Dear Roger,
You're the most complete tennis player I've ever seen in my entire life. You dominate the game wherever you play. No one can beat you when you play you're very best.
You played magnificent & flawless tennis but you're weakness is your soft h
06/23/2006 | 10:01 AM
Hey, Roger. What a wonderful beginning in Halle. Though the matches are though, you won the champion at last. Great job you have done!!

Maybe you met some difficulties during your matches in Halle, but you proved yourself again that you have the abilit
06/23/2006 | 09:55 AM
Hey, Roger. What a wonderful beginning in Halle. Though the matches are though, you won the champion at last. Great job you have done!!

Maybe you met some difficulties during your matches in Halle, but you proved yourself again that you have the abilit
06/23/2006 | 09:52 AM
Hey, Roger. What a wonderful beginning in Halle. Though the matches are though, you won the champion at last. Great job you have done!!

Maybe you met some difficulties during your matches in Halle, but you proved yourself again that you have the abilit
06/23/2006 | 08:32 AM
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats..... on winning the Gery Webber open.
You are the king of grass so go there and have fun like the last year.
Good luck for the wimbledon.
Die-Hard fan from INDIA
06/23/2006 | 07:31 AM
hi dear,
have u read patrick McEnroe wrote in espn.com about 'how to beat federer' please my dear read it cos he told every one to beat u by your weak side that is back hand. pls be careful cos u know every player tries to win this trophy esp. nadal. i
06/23/2006 | 04:52 AM
Congratulaaaaaaaaaations!!! and Good good good luck in Wimbledo! 4th win!
06/22/2006 | 10:35 PM
congratulations!!!
06/22/2006 | 10:35 PM
You are the best!
06/22/2006 | 08:33 PM
So difficult fight with the history, put the history away in order to focus on each tournament. History cannot be made conscientious cause absorb your mind while the others take advantage of it. Don't play for whose write history, play for you, just becau
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