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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 | 12:45 PM
Great job, Roger!

Now only one more match to go!

You can do it! Come on!
09/10/2006 | 12:38 PM
All the best, Roger! I'm looking forward to your victory, yet again, over Andy Roddick. Because of your beautiful game. And because you are the champ and you behave like a champ. (I didn't much appreciate Andy's on-court antics during his semi-final m
09/10/2006 | 12:33 PM
ALL CONGRATIATIONS! YOU PLAYED EXCELLENT AND I AM SURE YOU WON'T HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ANDY TODAY!

GOOD LUCK ROGER!!!**************************************************




09/10/2006 | 12:32 PM
Thai people Like you Roger! Go Ahead Champion.
09/10/2006 | 12:30 PM
Good luck ! roger get Hatrick !
09/10/2006 | 12:26 PM
Hello Roger

Congratulations and support as always from the U.K. You are nearly there and get that wind beneath your wings!! Remember, there may be 20,000 rooting for Andy in the stadium, but 70,000 plus rooting for you around the world.
09/10/2006 | 12:17 PM
Incredible,just incredible!
Congratulations for reaching the final! I'm anxious to watch the match! :)
Força,Roger
09/10/2006 | 11:55 AM
Dear Roger
It was a smooth performance except the first two points..Congratulations for another win & again in the GS final..I saw your video interview you looked so cute when introduce your unicef bear..
Good Luck.......
09/10/2006 | 11:46 AM
Dear Roger....
I am very thrilled with what u did....
you were amazing,spectacular and unstoppable...
Be the Regal of tennis as always
keep ur gear up.....
be confident......
focus well...
don't pay attention to the crowd.....
It well be a 3:0 mat
09/10/2006 | 11:40 AM
Well done again Roger! What an exhibition of your class - simply out there in a class of your own.

Good luck against Roddick. I'm sure he's trembling at the thought of losing infront of his own crowd.