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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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10/30/2006 | 09:14 AM
Roger
Your dream came true!!!, and the dream of all the ballboys when you shake their hands. priceless!!!
Congratulations !!!!
10/30/2006 | 09:07 AM
congratulation roger
you are the best
i hope to see the masters trophy in your hands
good luck
10/30/2006 | 09:06 AM
Well...what can i say to the CHAMP??....CONGRATULATIONS!!! my dear...Once again, you proved that you're the greatest of all. I know you will be able to win the last 2 tournaments of this year with a style and we, your fans are really proud of you. Win or
10/30/2006 | 09:03 AM
YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!! GO ROGER!
10/30/2006 | 08:42 AM
Roger!

You were great!
Congrats!
10/30/2006 | 08:37 AM
Hi !
Roger Try your best to win last master series at china
Espesially against Nadal try to repeat your Wimbledon final .
Have a nice trip !
10/30/2006 | 08:32 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!

I am very happy for and proud of you, achieving all your dreams one by one.

Keep making history champ and best wishes for you, always.
10/30/2006 | 08:32 AM
Congratulations Roger!

You are the greatest!

Now go and win your first Paris Masters title!
10/30/2006 | 08:23 AM
Congratulations Roger!!
So pleased for you and all your family and friends at this special win. You make all your fans very proud of you but then, don't you always? Hope you get some rest and good luck for Paris.

Lyn x
10/30/2006 | 08:16 AM
Finally, your dream comes true.Congrats. Roger ... especially your match against Paradorn Srichaphan(from my country),that was one of the most wonderful match I've ever seen before.Hope you can win both Paris Master and Master Cup at Shang-Hai.