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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 | 05:35 AM


Dear Roger

I loved watching you today. It was really great. You did so good. Please rest up and relax and look forward to tomorrow and to beating Roddick. You have done it many times under the same circumstances, a big arena. Even though the cr
09/10/2006 | 05:29 AM
Dear Roger,

Great match today, so beautiful and seemingly effortless...just as last year, I'll be the one in the USTA President's Box rooting for YOU!!!

Best of luck tomorrow for your Wimbledon-US Open three-peat! Only you could create a need for n
09/10/2006 | 05:26 AM
You did it again!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! God bless you. Bring the US OPEN trophy home. Will pray.
09/10/2006 | 05:16 AM
Go Champ! get Roddick.Though, Andy brought luck and confident from Jimmbo and cincy, I know you have a lot of game and luck to beat Andy . You are the best in the world. Please do not get rattle by the noisy crowd and commons and other stupid stuffs' of
09/10/2006 | 05:09 AM
Well done, Rogiiiiiii

You continued to play perfect tennis in your matches. Your strong serves and your winners are incredible. As your opponent said, you played special tennis. You've played very well during the tournament. As your fan, there's nothin
09/10/2006 | 04:58 AM
Roger, you are so awesome! Your fans are so very proud of you! Best of luck in the Final tomorrow! I know you can do it! You're the best!
09/10/2006 | 04:53 AM
Increible partido rog!!! eres el mejor te quiero muchísimo!!!!! suerte en tu partido de mañana espero y ganes muy facil y rapido no nos hagas sufrir ok!!!!!!

Paulina.te quiero.
09/10/2006 | 04:31 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER REACHING YET ANOTHER GS FINAL !
NICE WIN TODAY. HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD REST, STAY FOCUS AND HUNGRY TO HOIST THE TROPHY TOMORROW.
THE CROWD U KNOW WILL BE LOUD FOR ANDY, BUT AS ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU HAVE SO MANY FANS AROUND THE WORLD (W
09/10/2006 | 03:47 AM
Congrats Roger.
Another Grand Slam Final.
You will be playing with 25 K New Yorkers in addition to Roddick. Stay focussed and show why Roger is the best tennis player in the world. This is the time to silence the noisy crowd of the Flushing Medow.
Go
09/10/2006 | 03:45 AM
Good luck tomorrow Roger. Can't wait to watch you playing again it's just fantastic.