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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 | 03:28 AM
Congratulations for your 4.Wimbledon & 8.GS
Thanks especially for liberating us from this nightmare
What a dionysiac pleasure!

Taurophagos! for 2. time
Zoophoros! forever
Extatikos! in each encounter

Iiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaakkhooooo
07/12/2006 | 03:25 AM
Congratulations for your 4.Wimbledon & 8.GS
Thanks especially for liberating us from this nightmare
What a dionysiac pleasure!

Taurophagos! for 2. time
Zoophoros! forever
Extatikos ! in each encounter

Iiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaakkhoooooooo
07/12/2006 | 12:41 AM
Roger and staff- Thank you for sharing the great pics from the champions party and arriving at home!! Am so happy for you all!!!
07/11/2006 | 11:53 PM
Bravo Roger. I thank God for presenting you as one of His gifts to the world. You continue to inspire many to believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Thank you.
07/11/2006 | 10:04 PM
Congratulations!. Awesome match!. I knew you will beat him. Thanks for the great match, every point was splendid, the shots, the serves, the volleys everthing. Overall, one of the best tennis matches I ahve seen so far in my life.
Wish you great luck an
07/11/2006 | 09:42 PM
Great.Awesome.The amazing thing is that often it seemed that you breezed past Nadal
fairly easily.Meanining thereby that you are
capable of even better display.
You will surely create History.
Devendran
07/11/2006 | 08:59 PM
My dear Roger. I´m so happy. You are a wonderfull player and an excellent person. Your game in Wimbledon was incredible, wonderfull and magic. You won de match against Nadal. You are PERFECT.
Thank you for give us a new TITLE.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

07/11/2006 | 08:47 PM
What a relief, eh?! Superb job Roger!!! You stayed calm and collective, and put rafael where he needs to be--behind you! It's always fun watching you play. Good luck for the rest of the year... and your career!
07/11/2006 | 08:46 PM
You' re the best, win US Open and you' ll be a legend!
07/11/2006 | 08:44 PM
Roger,

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. You played a terrific final match. I am very glad you beat Nadal! I never doubted you for a minute.
Your the best and I know I will see you in the US Open Final!

Have a great vacation.

Take Care,