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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 | 02:34 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Davydenko! May you have another match like that against Andy Roddick today!

I wish you all the luck in the world against Andy in the finals of the U.S. Open.

Love,

Sadhana

09/10/2006 | 02:20 PM
Gracias Roger. Es una delicia verte jugar. Fui un gran admirador de Edberg y de Sampras, pero creo que nunca había visto un juego tan perfecto como el tuyo. Sigue esforzándote, intenta superarte, y llegarás a ser el mejor de todos los tiempos.

¡Muchos
09/10/2006 | 02:19 PM
And US Open is yours. Im pretty sure about that. Good luck today.
09/10/2006 | 02:07 PM
Gooo Roger!! I hope you do better than my other favourite player: Justine!!
And I hope the crowd will be a little more fair than in the match against Blake, it seemed to crush your concentration :( But I'm confident you'll take the title once more :-)
09/10/2006 | 02:07 PM
Congratulation Roger, I knew you'll win this title again this year, YOU ARE THE BEST.
kisses to you, Lana-oxxo-
09/10/2006 | 02:02 PM
Hi Roger!

It was a great game between you and Davydenko! You played enourmusly well, and you hit your backheand slices so good, that the Russian had no choice to lose points...

I still have fingers crossed for you, for your final against Andy Roddic
09/10/2006 | 01:03 PM
Well done rogi!!
I´m very happy to see you again in a Grand slam final and I´m sure you will bring all your fans a new succeed this night!!
Good luck and destroy Roddick my master!!
09/10/2006 | 01:01 PM
Hi Rog,
Your record are fantastic like you....
Another final...I hope another Grand Slam...
You are the best of all the time.
Good Luck Rog,
Best regards
Luca
09/10/2006 | 01:00 PM
Hi roger,

What a fantastic display of tennis yet again from the master it gets better with every match and that point you did in the secound set that was amazing i no you ended up losing your serve but all the same it was a brilliant shot to be able t
09/10/2006 | 12:46 PM
good luck with todays match. I hope you win really easily and win the us open once again and retain your number 1 position in the world
i love you Roger
XXX