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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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07/15/2006 | 02:59 PM
I have no words to say you're the best! Excellent Roger!!
07/14/2006 | 11:01 PM
hayyy!
all congratulations to you! YOU ARE THE #BEST#! king of wimbledon :):) i wish you a lot great matches and wins like this in the future! and i am sure that the wish will come true!
bye bye
07/14/2006 | 09:21 PM
Thanks RainbowYH for the link to the article by Art Spander, AP Sports writer. That was a very nice article to read after reading Mats Wilander's comment about Roger =)
The way I see it.....although Roger's grass-court streak (48) is less than Nadal's cl
07/14/2006 | 08:48 PM
Hi, Janell (lovely) in the UK:

Read this too so youl see where those that make nasty comments are coming from: "Federer a truly great champion, sportsman" By Art Spander, AP Sports writer.

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_4033247

Enjoy!
07/14/2006 | 08:05 PM
I saw yr win on tv on Sunday, but just had the opportunity to post.
BIG CONGRATS TO YOU.
WE ALL KNEW YOU COULD DO IT N WE ARE ALL STILL SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
Have a very good rest and next we all know you can hold the USO trophy!
WELL DONE ROGER , THE CH
07/14/2006 | 06:29 PM
Hi, Janell (lovely) in the UK:

Log on and read for yourself what Willander said:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/federer-not-greatest-yet-wilander/2006/06/15/1149964673956.html

Don't let it get to you though. It's just a lot of sour grapes
07/14/2006 | 06:05 PM
Hi to the federer fans,

I have just read that roger did win the Best male tennis player don't now if thats true yet but if it is a big congratulations roger you deserve everything you get couldn't have gone to a better person.

It's on the site WWW.G
07/14/2006 | 06:05 PM
Hi to the federer fans,

I have just read that roger did win the Best male tennis player don't now if thats true yet but if it is a big congratulations roger you deserve everything you get couldn't have gone to a better person.

It's on the site WWW.G
07/14/2006 | 08:20 AM
Just wondering....did anyone notice that the winners of Wimbledon in men's single, double, as well as ladies' single and double are all the winners of the Australian Open this year?? What a coincidence!! May all of them win the US Open this year too....he
07/14/2006 | 06:59 AM
Dear Roger:I got up very early to watched your match,I still believe you are the BEST!!Of course ,no doubt that you got the title again,that is so wonderful...I am extreme happy for you.Congratulations!!!