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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 | 02:08 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations on your victory day and fourth straight Wimbledon title.The day you surely played better than Nadal and it made me very happy.Your serving was very effective, I've loved it. It's a good sign for your playing in
07/11/2006 | 02:08 PM
hey dude , sunday was a great victory . we watched your match from the start to the finish and u played superb tennis . keep this great work going and i am sure u will be the greatest of all time .
congrats once again!!!
07/11/2006 | 02:07 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations on your victory day and fourth straight Wimbledon title.The day you surely played better than Nadal and it made me very happy.Your serving was very effective, I've loved it. It's a good sign for your playing in
kriko
07/11/2006 | 01:56 PM
PALABRAS, PARA QUÉ TANTAS PALABRAS, ROGER ESTÁ MUCHO MÁS ALLÁ QUE LAS PALABRAS: ES PURO CORAZÓN.
07/11/2006 | 01:10 PM
Dear Federer! Congratulations on a great win. I am already expecting your final with Nadal. At last you succeded to overcome Nadal. It was a great win and will help you in next matches with Nadal because now you have broken the un beaten record of Nadal a
07/11/2006 | 01:06 PM
Congratulations!!!!!! Roger!!!!!!!
YouAreTheBest!!!!!!!
Congratulations!!!!!!!
07/11/2006 | 12:42 PM
really amazing Roger!!!!!!
I knew you will win
I can't express my feeling
07/11/2006 | 12:42 PM
really amazing Roger!!!!!!
I knew you will win
I can't express my feeling
07/11/2006 | 12:42 PM
really amazing Roger!!!!!!
I knew you will win
I can't express my feeling
07/11/2006 | 12:27 PM
I Was jumping up and down and screaming like nobody's business!!!!And I was screaming and screaming..!!!!! but the jacket, dude, it's so cute, but who wears a jacket on court??? whatever..you're federer, you can do whatever you want!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!