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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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07/12/2006 | 04:06 PM
Roger,
The pictures form the dinner are fabulous. You, your mom, dad, Mirka and Amelie look so happy and elegant. Hope you enjoyed yourselves. Congratulations again on this 4th consecutive Wimbledon victory. We all love you and will watch your continued
07/12/2006 | 11:45 AM
I can't find any words to say cos that's so great. your tennis is unbelievable. Keep that type of play, Roger.
I love you
07/12/2006 | 09:46 AM
Sir Roger,

Congrats, God Bless and stay healthy. I love you always... Smyls :)

07/12/2006 | 09:25 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and like your other fans, I am so pleased to see you defeated Nadal finally. Hope you can do it again. Good luck for the Grand Slam finale in the USA.

To me you are the greatest tennis player eve
07/12/2006 | 09:23 AM
Sir Roger,

Congrats and God Bless you always. Stay healthy.
Smyls :)
07/12/2006 | 09:12 AM
Sir Roger,

Congrats and God Bless you always. Stay healthy.
Smyls :)
07/12/2006 | 08:26 AM
CONGRATS!!!!!!!! ROGER!!!!!!
ON WINNING THE 4TH WIMBLEDON.
YOU COMPLETELY DOMINATED NADAL AND SHOWED HIM THAT YOU ARE NO.1 ON GRASS.
ENJOY
RAKESH
07/12/2006 | 08:15 AM
Hi Roger, great work.

I hope this win will help you in understanding that he's like all other players. I don't understand why you suffer him, probably because otherwise all the things you do may seem too simple. But really, if you want to find an oppon
07/12/2006 | 06:06 AM
Congratulations a million time, so glad that you beat nadal and you will make it again and again as long as you stay focus, keep error at min and don't be irritated by his noicy play. Actually we all should promote to ban noicy player ( like Nadal or Mari
07/12/2006 | 03:36 AM
Felicidades!!!!!! aunque quiero decirte que me pusiste muy nerviosa cuando rafa te gano el tercer set, pero nunca dude de ti, muchas felicidades y espero que el siguiente año lo ganes otra vez ok!!!
Besos de

Paulina.Te quiero.