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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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07/17/2006 | 03:05 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations for the Genius of your Tennis and the beauty of your Wimbledon jacket.
In the future, we are lucky to watch a new, exciting rivalry between Federer and Nadal. Although Nadal tennis is strong, difficult to handle because he
07/17/2006 | 02:58 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations for the Genius of your Tennis and the beauty of your Wimbledon jacket.
In the future, we are lucky to watch a new, exciting rivalry between Federer and Nadal. Although Nadal tennis is strong, difficult to handle because he
07/17/2006 | 02:02 PM
there's nothing's left to say but congratulations Roger!
U did it this time!
07/17/2006 | 10:40 AM
I am so happy for you Roger, and for all of us fans. You did it!!!! Not only did you lay your claim as the greatest ever, but you won Wimbledon by crushing Nadal in the final. It can not get any sweeter than that.

Nadal now knows what it feels like, a
07/16/2006 | 09:46 PM
Well done Roger! You showed Nadal who the number one player in the world was! Was an interesting match and a bit nerve wracking at times. Im so pleased you won next year you will hopefully make it five in a row!
07/16/2006 | 04:04 PM
To rainbowYH,

Thank-you for that it was truly horrible to read what came out of a former tennis player's mouth who should know better than to say these things for me he should never be able to be on TV again if thats what he has to say there are better
07/16/2006 | 03:00 PM
I can't tell you how excited and relieved and nervous I was when I found out you would be playing Nadal in the final, but you wouldn't believe how excited and relieved and delighted I am that you have now beaten HIM and laid your demons with regards to pl
07/16/2006 | 11:13 AM
Congratulations Rogger you are the king!
07/16/2006 | 08:43 AM
roger

fanbloodytastic that you have won wimbledon four
in a row now I had my Swiss flag that I brought in
Switzerland a few weeks ago and I it
in front of the TV. it was a great match and it was even better to see you bet Nadal. I hope you are havi
07/15/2006 | 05:13 PM
What a fantastic sunday it was!!! First you win your fourth Wimbledon and then Italy wins the World Championships for the fourth time!!! LUCKY NUMBER 4!!!!! ;)
You're already a legend and I'm sure that you will become the man that broke all the records!!
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