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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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07/30/2006 | 06:11 AM
hey roger, great job- your work at wimby was very insperational- - i'll be at cinncy, so good luck. i hope all of your plans meet the height of your dreams- we all deserve that much.
07/27/2006 | 12:15 PM
Congratulation for your performance, you' re becoming the best player of ever!
Good luck for the second part of year on the hard.
07/27/2006 | 12:31 AM
Congratulations King Federer,

I was very upset and distraught at the Roland Garros loss. I thought your mental approach in that match was woeful at best. I was worried that your career may be over. You showed a lot of character in your performance at H
07/25/2006 | 04:22 AM
Roger Dear,

A big congratulation from me and my husband on your 4th Wimbledon Trophy! We were surprised that Nadal made it that far although it did not matter who you faced in the final as we had faith you would win it anyway :)

Warm Regards,
Yani
07/24/2006 | 10:56 PM
great win congrats..u need to attack nadal more instead of being so conservative...both in french and wimbledon u played 1st set freely and attacking and nadal was no match...

i hope u win 15 slams and create the record
07/24/2006 | 10:29 PM
Congratulations roger!!!! keep doing the best. I prade to GOD for give me a chance to meet you, i know that some day we going to see our faces and the place is going to be in the court so keep training hard because i dont going to be nothing easy. hehe!!!
07/23/2006 | 12:51 PM
Dear Roger, congradulations !! Looking forward to your next winner in US Open. Miss you so much and oh so boring when this break between Wimbledon and US open is 'so long', can't wait to see you in action again :)


07/23/2006 | 05:44 AM
ROGER, CONGRADULATIONS!!!
I'LL ALWAYS BY UR SIDE!
WELCOME TO SHANGHAI!!!
07/22/2006 | 04:47 AM
ESTOY MUY CONTENTA POR TU VICTORIA ANTE NADAL QUERIDO ROGER FELICITACIONES!!!!TE QUIERO MUCHO
BESOS:Delia
07/21/2006 | 09:18 PM
congratiulations Roger for your fourth straight wimbledon title.Next year it will be the fifth. eh!eh!eh!
You are the best!
Kind regards
Francisco Nobre
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