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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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07/11/2006 | 05:42 PM
Hi Roger
Congratulations on your fourth straight Wimbledon title!!!
You showed us an awesome match.
Since Sunday night, I’m very happy.
Thank you so match.
Stay healthy and enjoy your vacation!!!

Lots of love, always. yukkie
07/11/2006 | 05:20 PM
Hi Roger,
Pure joy to watch on Sunday morning. I can't say more than has already been said in 24 pages of postings. Cool website and nice to know of your tremendous worldwide fan network. I am not getting anything else done reading all the postings.
07/11/2006 | 04:59 PM
You are our hero,Rog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/11/2006 | 04:07 PM
i was soooo worried because - i don't mean to be offensive or anything - Nadal beat you 6 times!!!!!!
but i knew you wouldn't give up your turf easily!!!!!! great job!!!!!!!
07/11/2006 | 03:40 PM
Come on!!!!!Wellllll Done, Roger!!!!!you are always the best
07/11/2006 | 03:25 PM
CONGRATULAZIONI ROGER!!!!!
Bravissimo!! Ancora una volta, m'inchino a te, Sua Maestà, Re dell'erba, Re del tennis, che sei riuscito a farmi sognare con i tuoi diritti, i tuoi rovesci, le tue volée, i tuoi servizi e anche i tuoi errori... why not? Hai vin
07/11/2006 | 02:50 PM
Who will win Wimbledon 2007?
Nadal or Baghdatis?
07/11/2006 | 02:38 PM
hi roger,
Hats off to you.you did it again.and you proved again that confidence claims everything...and anything is possible ....keep going all the best..
07/11/2006 | 02:33 PM
Hey Roger,

I did a little bit of PR for you this week.

I went around the office on every level at work and stuck a picture of you holding your beloved wimbledon trophy on top of the photocopier so no one would miss it. lol

For once, I think I cri
07/11/2006 | 02:15 PM
You did it ROger.
Congratulation.It is my fantastic gift.Do you know on 8/7/06 is my brithday.I don't want anything without your championship.You make me happy.you make me want to go on to fight anything .Thank you so much for everthing you make me want