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Sixth Grand Slam final in series

10.09.2006 | Tennis

Roger crushed Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 7-5 6-4 in the semi-final, looking for his third consecutive title at the US Open. He defeated the Russian seventh seed in 1hr 43min to become the first man in the Open era to reach six straight Grand Slam finals.

"I played a great first set and I thought I played really well today," said Roger. "Again in the final is a great feeling and it's great to be in the final of all four majors this year." He will certainly not have an easy task tomorrow as there will be several thousand spectators cheering for his opponent – Andy Roddick (USA/ 9).

He set the tone by breaking in the second game as he cruised through the first set in 22 minutes, keeping Davydenko off balance with a series of short, sliced backhands.  Davydenko recovered early breaks in the second and third sets, but it was not enough to stop Roger cruising through to tomorrow's (AEST) Sunday against ninth-seeded American Andy Roddick or another Russian, Mikhail Youzhny.

Davydenko had never beaten Roger in seven previous meetings, though he pushed him to a fourth-set tiebreak in their last match, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. He was never allowed to find his rhythm as Roger varied the pace and angle of his attacks.

"In Australia, I had control from the baseline but today he was hitting too fast," said Davydenko. "Today was short points and he tried to hit faster. It's really different tennis. He's No.1. That's why I think he's winning everything, because he plays completely different."

Having reached his second grand slam semi-final, Davydenko said he is satisfied with his efforts. "Okay, I'm happy to be in the semi-finals. I am disappointed with my play, but not for losing."


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09/10/2006 | 06:21 AM

09/10/2006 | 06:10 AM
Best wishes for a USO final we can all enjoy, Roger!!
09/10/2006 | 06:03 AM
GO ROGER!!!!!!

I will watch you on TV.
09/10/2006 | 05:58 AM
Kick some butt!!
09/10/2006 | 05:54 AM
This is it, ROGER! You are at your peak now. Go for straights sets win. Have no doubt the title will be yours. Lots of good luck to you.
09/10/2006 | 05:51 AM
Congrats Roger on reaching the 6th consecutive Grand Slam final. You are separating yourself from all those guys further.
However as others mentioned, the crowd will be against to you and I hate these so-called tennis fans. It's ok to be that way in a D
09/10/2006 | 05:51 AM
Roger...That was clinical. Andy is serving good and his backhand may have improved a little. Looks like he found his mojo again. If you return well you could wrap it in straight sets. Goodluck Mr. Sunday!
09/10/2006 | 05:46 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on another excellent match. You understand how to play tennis and control every facet of your game.Also you are such a balanced mover around the court--wonderful to watch.
All the very best for the final match against Roddick
09/10/2006 | 05:40 AM
Roggi, Roggi, onother complicated day will be tomorrow with the spectators as Blake match.
You must cover yours ears and to play your best tennis.No more oportunites, no more concesions.
Is you time. GO. You worked so hard and you deserve the tittle.
09/10/2006 | 05:37 AM
nice game today roger! good luck tomorrow for the finals... i am praying for ur third us open title...it's going to be tough. andy's playing real good lately, but after what i've seen in ur match with blake, i know that u'd step up when u need to and will