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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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07/14/2006 | 06:50 AM
thank you ..ROGER. you gave me a wonderful night ..i can't help to stop thinking about the fantastic match...you are the king...my loard
wellcome to China...
07/14/2006 | 03:28 AM
My dear Roger the great,

Congratulations for winning your most favourite Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row!!!! I cannot explain how happy I am. As soon as you won, I could not hold my tears any longer because I knew how important this tournament
07/14/2006 | 03:23 AM
Roger, Congrats!
You have again proven that you're the best!
You will continue to inspire me....

God bless!-gerald
07/14/2006 | 03:04 AM
You have a beautiful game and a beautiful soul!!
07/14/2006 | 12:43 AM
Roger,
I got up at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) to especially to watch your match. Congrats!
JE
07/13/2006 | 06:59 PM
I LOVE YOU ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
07/13/2006 | 06:57 PM
CONGRATUALTIONSS ROGIE! im shoo happy that u won! i knew you would! you proved indeed that inspite Nadal being King of Clay.. ROGER FEDERER IS KING! HAIL alimighty roger! you have unmistakble talent.. iI LOVE YOU ROGERRRRRRRRRR!!!! =D
07/13/2006 | 06:26 PM
it's all right ....

he moves in mysterious ways ...

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMME on Roger!!

Big kiss

tino
07/13/2006 | 12:36 PM
Sir Roger!!

congratulations for your victory over nadal!!! it's been 5 days, but still, i can't forget the wimbledon championship!! me and my mon was very nervous, especially on the 3rd set where nadal win, we thought he will make a come back!! but tha
07/13/2006 | 08:14 AM
Fans of No. 1 may want to read the following by Paul Weaver writing for the Guardian:

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/wimbledon2006/story/0,,1816783,00.html

Here's how he ends: "The young man [Nadal] is a miracle of clay and perhaps of grass. And that i