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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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07/11/2006 | 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,
07/11/2006 | 08:31 PM
Congratulations Roger!..You are the best...a legend........un pedido!..cuando van a hacer la pagina en español!..ya q por este lado del mundo hay muchos admiradores de Roger
07/11/2006 | 08:11 PM
Roger, well done. it was great... congratulations...
07/11/2006 | 07:56 PM
6-0 in the 1st set! how cool was that??? a bagel to nadal! and then you came back from the 2nd set to win it in tiebreak???

you are the knight and shining armor of tennis! :D i didn't get to watch your match completely since i was down with an eye infe
07/11/2006 | 07:19 PM
Many Congratulations!!!

Order has been restored in the tennis world.
07/11/2006 | 07:05 PM
Congratulations!!!!

You've proven it again that you are still the number one.

Keep on going man!!!

You're simply the best!!!

Angelito Quimson, SAn Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
07/11/2006 | 06:49 PM
FANTASTICO
07/11/2006 | 06:27 PM
yay!!!......always knew u could du it roger!!!! way 2 go!!! congratzz//11111

love u,
srijaya/!!
07/11/2006 | 05:50 PM
<<janfreak>>
!!!!!
Who are you?????
07/11/2006 | 05:47 PM
Grande giornata domenica per me Italiano: prima il tuo idolo vince il 4 wimbledon poi la tua nazione diventa campione del mondo.
Bè grazie allo sport e arrivederci l'anno prox per il record di borg e tra 4 anni per andare pari col Brasile!!!