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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 | 09:03 PM
Dear Roger:

My best to you at this Time in your life. You are truly the best and I have no doubt you will SHINE in This Magic Moment. Just do your normal thing and WIN...WIN...WIN

Your Favorite and MOST SENIOR Fan in NJ
09/10/2006 | 09:02 PM
Please win. Roddick will be challenging. Don't let the crowd distract or annoy you. Just stay focused as you always do. We are rooting for you in the US. Best of luck. NFS
09/10/2006 | 08:57 PM
Good luck!!! I am sure you will win this final!!!
Best regards!!!!
09/10/2006 | 08:24 PM
Good luck Rogi!
you were awesome in Semifinal, concentrate on every point, it will be close. Roddick will test you everywhere.
You will do great, you are the best.
09/10/2006 | 08:12 PM
The best man will win the USO and it will be you!
09/10/2006 | 08:11 PM

Dear All,

I would just like to point out that the US OPEN usually goes to the favourite and there are very rarely major upsets. The lowest ranked seed to win in the open era was Sampras (12) in 1990. The top seed- if already a winner- has a great rec
09/10/2006 | 07:52 PM
I am so happy for you. I'll pray for you tonight.
To all fans, please read the article in the USOPEN official website "Roger Federer, A Man With All the Answers" a lot of people said a lot of good things about him. You will be more convinced in
09/10/2006 | 07:49 PM
Congrat. . Roger,
hope you win the tournament.
It isn't so difficent :) (for you)
09/10/2006 | 07:00 PM
Play hard, focused and in the moment and we will see you parading with that trophy!!!
Best wishes, we all love you!
a forever fan
09/10/2006 | 06:52 PM
There may be 24000 yelling for A-Rod on the court today ... but millions more world-wide will be yelling at their TV screens/computers for you. Go for it Roger!
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