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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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07/13/2006 | 07:04 AM
Roger, thanks for sharing pics from the Championship Ball. Very nice. Also, I didn't see an article on your Rolex partnership. Congratulations. If I could afford one I would buy it just becuase of your partnership!!
07/13/2006 | 02:51 AM
Great win. I just want to make a point here about Nadal. Just look at the fate of other players who "run for a living" on the tennis court when they turn 25 or above - Michael Chang, Coria and Hewitt. When thoses legs start to slow, they have very little
07/13/2006 | 01:25 AM
Oh, yeah I´m you are so great I´m just delighted by everything you did the two week. I loved all the plays since with Gasquet to Sunday with Rafa, Can you believe sometimes you make shots which I stood frozen by? I loved all your shows. I think this hard
07/12/2006 | 07:55 PM
Just BREATHTAKING final... :D

CONGRATULATIONS ON your 4th Wimbledon title!! You REALLY deserve it! You showed us brilliant game, better than Nadal! You are king of the grass! Now enjoy the delight of the winning!

GOOD LUCK IN FUTURE!!!!
07/12/2006 | 07:44 PM
CONGRATULATIONS - AGAIN!!!! I couldn't see the final but watched the live scores and had them sent by text message! I was so thrilled, then anxious and finally relieved and delighted.
Well done Roger, enjoy some relaxation and fun.
All the very best
07/12/2006 | 07:37 PM
Roger!

I am very happy for you.
You did it, you proove to all the world that you are the best.
I wish you to be the best during all your tennis carrier. I am proud of you.

Vlad
07/12/2006 | 07:35 PM

HI, NUMBER ONE

HAPPY WIMBLEDON !

ZIP
07/12/2006 | 06:28 PM
I love himmmmmmmmmmm
don't know what else to say,....
he is and he will be my number 1 forever.
07/12/2006 | 06:04 PM
WONDERFUL Roger~!!

See you in Shanghai~!


your Chinese fan
suktuen
07/12/2006 | 04:09 PM
thank you Roger
i love you
XXXX