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The dream comes true

29.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger has achieved something that has probably crossed many children’s minds: Winning a major sports-event they are part of. 12 years ago Roger was a ball-boy in the final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. He now returned as the clear favourite and downed the third seed and defending champion Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to earn his first ‘home’-title.


“It is unbelievable to return and then capture the title on my first try,” Roger said after the match. “A dream I had as a child had already become true when I was able to become a tennis professional. And now being able to come back here as number one and win the tournament – one of the most beautiful moments of my career.”


Throughout the tournament, Roger scored a total of 40 aces. The Basel-based Bank Sarasin will thus donate a total of 40’000 Swiss Francs to the sports project fit-4-future.


Roger missed the Swiss Indoors the last two years because of injuries and was the runner-up in 2000 and 2001. The victory was Roger’s 24th in a row, which is the fourth longest winning streak in his career. The Basel crown also gave him his 11th title of the season and 44th of his career.


Roger and Gonzalez were engaged in their second straight finals matchup. Our star downed Gonzalez last week in the final at Madrid. The Chilean was denied his eighth career title and is 0-9 in his career against Roger. Gonzalez was playing in his third straight final, but has yet to come away with a title this season.

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11/02/2006 | 07:14 AM
My dear Roger the great,

Many congratulations to you for winning your hometown tournament!! I am so happy for you because I know how much this tournament means to you. You have fulfilled your childhood dream. Very special thing happened to a very sp
11/01/2006 | 06:44 PM
Whee ************ <^L^>

Basel title eventually; must be feeling exhilirating and overwhelming with joy.





11/01/2006 | 04:26 PM
Great Roger, only the Masters Cup slits you for the best year from teen years.
You' re the tennis.
11/01/2006 | 02:30 PM
Accept my late but very sincere congrats for your victory in your dear hometown. It had to come, after winning all around the world. :) All the best for the rest of the season. take care
11/01/2006 | 12:47 PM
hi roger!
how wonderfull for you to be the winner on your own soil, and on every other ground all around the world!!!!!!
congratulations and see you in other tournaments!
11/01/2006 | 09:58 AM
Congratulations Roger!
You are the greatest player ever!
I love You!
10/31/2006 | 10:59 PM
Dude! Great! Congratiolations! Keep on the good work. I'm looking forward to see you in Shanghai.

Albert, Denmark
10/31/2006 | 09:36 PM
Your decision to pull out of Paris is the correct one. All the best in Shanghai, which is a much more important tournament. You'll be recuperated by then. Playing four weeks of tennis, every week, is too much.

Best regards to Mirka and you.
10/31/2006 | 07:09 PM
Hi Roger

You have done the right thing in pulling out of Paris, you need a rest in order to be fit and 100% for Shanghai. All the best to my favourite person in this whole world. Take care and all my good wishes and love for the Shanghai Masters. lu
10/31/2006 | 05:44 PM
Congratulations Roger,
Just Add Monte Carlo, Rome, Roland Garros and Paris to your list next year and you will be rightfully acknowledged as the Tennis God by even the most cynical of your critics.
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