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Roger goes all the way!

09.07.2006 | Tennis

Roger claimed his fourth straight Wimbledon title with a hard-fought four-set victory over Rafael Nadal this afternoon.

 

Roger took home the title with a 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 victory in two hours 50 minutes on Centre Court. He has now joined Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras as the only players to win four years in succession at the All England Club in the open era. He also recorded his 48th straight victory on grass to win his eighth Grand Slam title from nine final appearances."Now I like our rivalry again," he joked after having lifted the trophy.

 

The second seed Nadal emerged with enormous credit for taking the first set off Roger  since the third round last year, and the 20-year-old can only improve on grass in the coming years. Nadal had won six of the seven meetings between the pair, including all four this year and most recently at the French Open final last month, but it looked like being a totally one-sided contest as Roger stormed through the opening set in just 24 minutes.

 

Nadal had only dropped his serve twice throughout the Championships before the start of play, but was broken three times in quick succession as Roger got off to a dream start. The world No 1 produced a stunning forehand winner on the run to achieve the first break and also took advantage of some uncharacteristic unforced errors from a nervous Nadal.

 

Roger had been on court for a total of just nine hours and 13 minutes to reach the final, while Nadal needed more than six hours longer. That was certain to favour Roger if the match went the distance, but he had the chance to seal victory in straight sets as the third set went to a tie-break.

 

Nadal again moved into an early lead and this time was not about to let it slip. A brilliant return winner put him 5-2 ahead and he took the next two points on serve to get back into the match at two sets to one.

 

Losing the tie-break meant Roger could not become the first player since Borg in 1976 to win the title without dropping a set, and the crowd were certainly hoping Nadal could win another to force a decider. But Roger had the advantage of serving first in the fourth set and made the most of it, breaking Nadal from 30-0 down in the third game to race into a 4-1 lead.

 

Another break put Roger 5-1 ahead and serving for the title, but Nadal refused to give in and broke back to cling on to a slender chance of victory. Roger still had another chance to serve it out however, and this time made no mistake to seal victory.

 
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08/08/2006 | 06:06 PM
First of all:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GREAT ROGER!!!!
I hope you spend this special day as best as you may and I think this is in the way you get us used to, I mean: winning your first match (this will be a gift for all of us and, of course, for yourself) I do
08/08/2006 | 04:47 PM
Dear Roger,

Bonne fête, happy birthday !!!

8th of August, 8 is your lucky number, 8th slam title...

May you are allways healthy, calm/Zen and inspired to perform the BEST TENNIS possible.

Namaste,

Patrick Nguyen
Montreal, Canada

08/08/2006 | 08:24 AM
happy birthday to u , federer
08/08/2006 | 02:28 AM
Roger, Hope you have a great birthday and celebrate by taking the cup that already has your name on it, the Rogers cup.
08/04/2006 | 04:08 PM
Hey Roger,
Congratulations on winning your fourth wimbledon title.I always knew that you would prevail over nadal on grass.I almost certain that you are destined to beat borg's record of five consecutive wimbledon titles.
07/31/2006 | 12:49 AM
I love reading the article over and over.
07/30/2006 | 08:06 PM
Congratulations,congratulations,congratulations for the greatest tennis champion ever!
Dear Roger,at Wimbledon 2006 you made a real spectacle.You did everything great and was so tremendous-a new hair cut,the great jacket(congratulation to whoever has tho
07/30/2006 | 08:05 PM
Congratulations,congratulations,congratulations for the greatest tennis champion ever!
Dear Roger,at Wimbledon 2006 you made a real spectacle.You did everything great and was so tremendous-a new hair cut,the great jacket(congratulation to whoever has tho
07/30/2006 | 04:34 PM
Congratulations,congratulations,congratulations for the greatest tennis champion ever!
Dear Roger,at Wimbledon 2006 you made a real tennis spectacle.You did everything great and you was tremendous at everything-a new haircut,that great jacket(congratula
07/30/2006 | 01:22 PM
hey u hav claimed ur fourth Wimbledon title its amazing nd congrats nd noe go nd celebrate.....
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