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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 | 03:32 AM
all the best 4 the finals...
we love u!!
09/10/2006 | 03:14 AM
One more match to go Rog. We are looking forward to seeing your genious and talent one more time..Hopefully, the crowd will remember the fair play this time. We will be enjoying the game with you..cb
09/10/2006 | 03:10 AM
Great job Roger!
This year's final is gonna be great! I'm also a fan of Roddick's, but I'm pulling for you! Take away his serve, and you'll win the title in straight sets!
Best of luck! DChar
09/10/2006 | 03:04 AM
Good Luck Roger!!!

Come on

You win the finish... the dream finish, because don´t play nadal!!!

Come on Roger!!!!

09/10/2006 | 02:59 AM
Good match Roger.
Go Roger go!
09/10/2006 | 02:57 AM
Congrats, Roger!
What finesse, smoothness, simply incredible playing today! When you need to up your level against an improved Roddick, you will undoubtedly do so.
May the trophy be yours to kiss again!

Mary Kay/Michigan
09/10/2006 | 02:53 AM
Dear Roger, you did it again. I am very happy for you. As I mentioned before, it is difficult to cheer for you when your countryman plays the match. I like Andy very much. Lately, he is a different type of guy with our Jimmy Connors. I will be at the
09/10/2006 | 02:46 AM
Well done Roger!
Just play your game and you will win easily!
Good luck!
You are the MAN!
09/10/2006 | 02:40 AM
Good match Roger. Good luck in the final. Play to your best and fight hard!

Look forward to seeing ya hold the trophy aloft!
09/10/2006 | 02:40 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations on a fabulous match. For the 1st time in the US Open, it was broadcast on a TV channel I could watch (CBS). It is so enjoyable watching you dance about the court, not to mention winning (again) in straight sets!!
I know you