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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 | 08:14 AM
well played!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it was nice watching u play some superb tennis.
next is andy roddick. you have 10-1 record against him. so make it 11-1.
best of luck for the match.
09/10/2006 | 07:47 AM
Tomorrow, you got to go out wih the mindset like 2004 final against Hewitt. Meet agression with strong will and determination. Beat on him hard and early to take the crowd factor out. If you are up 4-1 think 6-1 mindset.

Important point he serve d
09/10/2006 | 07:41 AM
Congratulations Roger on a wonderful win. Congrats also for making your 6th straight Grand Slam final - that an incredible achievement and is a testament to your talent and hard work. Good luck in the final against Roddick. He is playing with a renewed
09/10/2006 | 07:41 AM
Good luck in the finals Roger I/we know you can do it because you are the best the king of tennis and we love you very much I'm wishing you the best of the best ...you are the true chamion and you will beat roddik:)so GOOD LUCK meister:D:*
09/10/2006 | 07:37 AM
09/10/2006 | 07:35 AM
I think you will win US Open for sure! So anyway good luck!!! You're ?1!!!!!!!!!
09/10/2006 | 07:25 AM
oh yea! oh yea! oh yea! oh yea!!
congrats roger!!!!
09/10/2006 | 06:53 AM
C'mon Roger, you can 10-1 over ARo! :)
09/10/2006 | 06:50 AM
Congratuation for your consecutive 6 grand slam finals. We are so proud of you. Best of luck on defending your USO title.

Go, Roger.
09/10/2006 | 06:40 AM
Congratulation Rogie +)
i'm so excited to see u winning the game
it's all urs rogie..
i really hope u'll do ur very best tennis to beat roddick for the final
u r so brilliant =)

gud luck Rogie =)

my prayer'll accompany u through,