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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 | 11:47 AM
Congrats!!!!! : -) Roger!!!!! i am delighted that you defended your title at wimbledon. i guess now you can enjoy a well deserved break until US open?? enjoy yourself. It was a pleasure to watch you win.
cheers!!
Hiru.
07/11/2006 | 11:16 AM
Hello Roger,

I am so happy for your success! All your hard work and concentration is paying off. I grew up in the 80's so I missed out on Laver, and Borg-- I'm glad I can see you play and put your mark on tennis. Best of luck in the hard cout season
07/11/2006 | 11:14 AM
Congratulations Roger on winning your 4th Wimbledon Title! You were amazing throughout the Tournament - which doesn't surprise me because to me it's so obvious to see that you love this Tournament above all others. You look so at home when you walk out
07/11/2006 | 11:13 AM
Congratulations!
You did it!
But I already knew it before the match!
Just keep on rockin'
07/11/2006 | 11:06 AM
Pure unadulterated joy watching you play and interact with your interviewers and fans.

No one has yet come near you in style.

Magnificent, Roger. Well done again.
07/11/2006 | 10:44 AM
Yuuupiii!
Well done Roger, you're the best!
No more Nadal, keep on going till Garros 2007.
You've got what it takes, man.
Nadal is doubting himself, he made some comments about Wimbledon and that he'll beat you next time. Ignore him , he is just a kid
07/11/2006 | 10:20 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4th consecutive Wimby, now that's something! Well, it adds to what you've already done, which isn't little at all... Wow! I'm blown away. You were awesome, you played very very very well throughou
07/11/2006 | 10:07 AM
Hi, I am from Macedonia, not FYROM, only Macedonia, and I want to congratulate you for a graet performance, and hope that you can bring next year all 4 Grand Slams tournament trofies, like Rod Lever did in 1962 and 1969, twice in his life. Lets hope that
07/11/2006 | 10:04 AM
Congratulations !!! Roger U r the best and always be..
07/11/2006 | 09:44 AM
Hu, Federer and everyone else...

First i'd like to make a toastbecause of another Grand Slam...
Let the US Open begin...and more, and more...

Second, i'd like to invite you and all of your fans to visit my website of art: www.lecarou.com.br

I ho