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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 | 08:16 AM
You are fantastic !
Congrats Roger
10/30/2006 | 07:53 AM
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU , ROGER!
AT LAST YR HOME TOURNAMENT AND TROPHY !SO........HAPPY FOR YOU. YOU TOTALLY DESERVED IT.
NICE TREAT FOR THE BALLBOYS AND BOYGIRLS, MAY THERE BE AN ASPIRING CHAMPION OF THE FUTURE.
TAKE CARE N BLESSINGS !
10/30/2006 | 07:51 AM
Just another usual job for you, well done champ..Next is Paris (if you'd play :-P) and Shanghai of course, just stay healthy and I'm sure you'll get all the titles you want..
10/30/2006 | 07:40 AM
Congrats Roger!! It's so great you won this trophyyyyy! :-D good luck in the next tournements!! x.x.x
10/30/2006 | 07:26 AM
Dear Roger,
So gald to see you felt so happy with the great victory in your howetown. though we would like very much to see you win again in Paris this week, we cannot afford any injury which may occur to you.
(even a small one). Please decide to pul
10/30/2006 | 07:20 AM
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Roger!!!
10/30/2006 | 07:09 AM
Dear Roger,

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!! You're on a roll.... Excellent job, Roger. Truly impressive...

Words cannot describe how much happiness you give us. THANK YOU!!

You are such a darling.. Stay healthy and keep enjoying your achievements. W
10/30/2006 | 06:50 AM
Way to go, Roger...

And good luck for BNP Masters in Paris...

Nix
10/30/2006 | 06:36 AM
Oh congratulations you wonderful man.
Your fans all around the world are bursting with pride. Good things happen to good people, Roger. Watching you walk out on to court, it suddenly hit me just how much pressure you have on your shoulders. You are expe
10/30/2006 | 05:55 AM
What a victory to savor!

We're all thrilled you fulfilled your dream.

Here's to many more dreams . . . and fulfillments! You've been enjoying a banner year - keep healthy!

Best to you and your Team,

Mary Kay/Michigan