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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 | 11:34 AM
Congratulation Roger. I hope you will win. Go Roger.
09/10/2006 | 11:29 AM
Yet another final, i remember previous year you played the final on my birthday..very special...That year it was Aggasi, now it is Andy Roddick......
I can still remember the final of Wimbledon 2005 against Roddick. He did not only lose the match that d
09/10/2006 | 11:28 AM
Yet another final, i remember previous year you played the final on my birthday..very special...That year it was Aggasi, now it is Andy Roddick......
I can still remember the final of Wimbledon 2005 against Roddick. He did not only lose the match that da
09/10/2006 | 11:28 AM
Congratulations again. A magnificent match! Of course, you will need ear-plugs again today for the final against Andy, you will have 23,001 competitors as you did against Andre last year and James this year.
Wishing you the best of luck,
Camille
09/10/2006 | 11:21 AM

Dear Roger,

Now comes the final against Roddick.

We all know the head to head is 10-1, but the two best matches he's played against you were in the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals. I think with Connors, Roddick has got some of his confidence back.
09/10/2006 | 11:17 AM
ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From Turin (Torino) I'll cross my fingers for you.
Please, beat Roddick, he is "nothing" near you.
ALL LOVE

marina reds
09/10/2006 | 11:13 AM
Go Roger, all the way! You can do it..Although Andy's got more confidence now, I still think you will triumph, just because you are way too good if you play as usual good old style of tennis.
09/10/2006 | 11:09 AM
Dear Roger,
Usually I don't like to use hard words... but today I really wish you could crash Andy Rodick down. You deserve a great classy victory! You know how to do it, even if it will not be easy... Go win this trophy please...
Always with you... T
09/10/2006 | 10:40 AM
Dear Roger,
congratulations for reaching your 3rd US Open final. You played an amazing tournament this year and all your fans hope that you will crown it. We believe in you and support you with all our hearts and souls. Enjoy your game and have a great t
09/10/2006 | 10:29 AM
Roger, you seemed to be relaxed in the semifinal. In the final it will be harder, but keep cool Roger!
If you do it, you'll win...
I hope you will win
Kat, Poland