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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 | 05:49 AM
Congratulations, Roger. No doubt you have inspired one of the ball boys or girls to follow in your steps. (Too bad the kids in Madrid are being deprived of seeing their sports idols in action up close.

Ellen
10/30/2006 | 05:07 AM
Congratulations, Roger! That is absolutely fantastic for you! I knew in my heart you could win it!

Love and lots of hugs!
Cori USA
10/30/2006 | 04:58 AM
congratulations on this title - every man's dream should come true -best wishes and best of luck and best of vacations - roger forever
10/30/2006 | 04:56 AM
congratulations on this title - every man's dream should come true -best wishes and best of luck and best of vacations - roger forever
10/30/2006 | 04:46 AM
Dear Roger,

I'm very happy for you Roger having heard it from CNN!!! Congratulations!!!

This indeed is a real accomplishment for you, something you'll always cherish.

I thank God each time you're blessed like this.
Keep on, reach your dreams, we
10/30/2006 | 04:21 AM
Brilliant winning at home Roger!!!
Congratulations!!!
I want to mention something that I really liked during the tournament. The Swiss crowd!!They showed a fantastic support to you and your opponents. What a difference with other partisan crowds!!! Supe
10/30/2006 | 04:05 AM
Congratulations Roger!!! U r the best! Winning your home event is great. I know the Shangai event its gonna be awsome.
10/30/2006 | 04:00 AM
Yes Roger!!! You dream has come true baby!!!! I am soooo proud of you, you just pull at my heart strings so. Every little thing you do, like having pizza with the kids just makes me love you even more!!!!! You are so like me in so many ways!!!! Congr
10/30/2006 | 03:37 AM
congratulation roger...

thank you for bringing so much to the tennis world!

mars
10/30/2006 | 03:16 AM
Congratulations on the very special title! I am so happy for you. You are such an inspiration for everyone who watches you play, but especially so for the hometown crowd, I am sure!
Best of luck with the rest of the season!