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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 | 04:58 PM
Congractz Champ
We r all proud being ur fans
u r the Regal
10/30/2006 | 04:28 PM
yea. you're the best
10/30/2006 | 04:14 PM
Hello Roger,

I have been busy lately but always try to drop in and update myself.... I am happy for all your success and we your fans are growing in numbers here.
Awsome!
Love,
Caroline
10/30/2006 | 04:13 PM
Parhaimmat onnitteluni Roger! Voitto Baselissa oli varmaankin myös nostalginen kokemus...
10/30/2006 | 04:04 PM
Well done "King of Basel"!!!You are amazing!!!All the best to Paris...With much love and respect your truly fan for life V from Thessaloniki...
10/30/2006 | 03:55 PM
Hello, my dear Rog (Leo). Congratulations again... There is no way to imagine how you feel about but it should be unbelievalbe...

Please stay healthy and strong. There is Paris around the corner...

Just get it done. G-d Bless you always.

Your
10/30/2006 | 03:55 PM
well done Roger you are tha star of tennis
10/30/2006 | 03:54 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER FOR YOUR HOMETOWN VICTORY

GOOD LUCK

VANINA BRUSSELS BELGIUM.
10/30/2006 | 03:51 PM
Congradulations Roger! You continue to amaze and inspire.
10/30/2006 | 03:46 PM
Nicest Guy on Earth!!! I'm proud of you!