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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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06/20/2006 | 02:33 AM
Congrats Roger! God bless u! -gerald
06/20/2006 | 01:43 AM
Congrats Roger !!! I am happy that you played more matches on grass. I am sure you played more tie-breakers to get more practice. I am going to get up early and watch your Wimbledon matches and want to see you lifting the Championship Trophy there. Go Rog
06/20/2006 | 12:44 AM
Maybe Nadal is a litle better on clay, but definetly Roger is the grass KING

Good luck for Wimbledon
06/20/2006 | 12:14 AM
Thats what Im talking about! Now it is time to **shatter ** Borgs record!
06/19/2006 | 10:20 PM
Warmest welcome to London! We are all looking foward to your arrival and supporting you in your quest for Wimbledon trophy No. 4.- it's waiting for you!! Enjoy yourself here.
Best wishes.
06/19/2006 | 10:15 PM

Felicitations - encore! Je suis sure que tu as bien joue et que tu as ete un bon competiteur. Bonne chance pour la semaine prochaine!

06/19/2006 | 10:10 PM
good luck in Wimbledon! i'll be rooting for you!
06/19/2006 | 09:44 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!

I wish you all the best at Wimbledon and i will be watching every game. Youll have all my support. I do want to ask you one thing though, please dont cry when you win it again. Every time you cry i also do, my girlfriend is
06/19/2006 | 09:00 PM
Dear Roger

Congrats on your win yesterday. Keep up the good work. Get some rest so that you will be ready for Wimbledon.

All the best,

Your'Aunty Pat' from Jamaica
06/19/2006 | 08:50 PM
Congratulations on your fourth consecutive Halle title, Roger! Take advantage of your momentum and take that fourth consecutive Wimbledon crown too! And if you do, you'll DEFINITELY beat Borg's streak on grass. I'll be keeping up with you during all of