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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 | 03:43 PM
R O G I !!!
although a little late, AMAZING.. and a lot of CONGRATULATIONS for this inspired tournment!!!
U R THE MASTER!!! U R THE BEST!!! and we are so proud of you!!!
Good decission dont playing Paris, please rest for Master Cup ... sorry for Paris
10/30/2006 | 03:42 PM
Way to Go Roger!!!!

I know I'm late with this but I just had to get my congrats in. What a thrill it must be to win your hometown tourney. Again.....wish I could have seen it.

Best of luck and God Bless you. It is a joy to be your fan.

Go get
10/30/2006 | 03:42 PM
Dear Roger,
I agree with your decision that you pulled out of Paris, you don't have to expose yourself to too much exertion. I'm actually relieved because you can now have a rest. Celebrate your wonderful victory in Basel, which you have deserved so much
10/30/2006 | 03:41 PM
only one word.........................

fantastic
10/30/2006 | 03:29 PM
Dear Roger,
So glad you fulfilled your childhood dream.
I was very nervous as I knew this meant so much to you at an emotional level.
Best of luck for the rest of the year and stay fit for Shanghai.
10/30/2006 | 03:29 PM
Dear Roger,
So glad you fulfilled your childhood dream.
I was very nervous as I knew this meant so much to you at an emotional level.
Best of luck for the rest of the year and stay fit for Shanghai.
10/30/2006 | 03:15 PM
my oo my i am very happy over here that he won the home tournament. comparing my happines to the guy who won the tournament and dreamd of. i dont know how happy he might be
10/30/2006 | 03:06 PM
Hi Roger,
Congratulations for your home title! It surely means a lot to you.
Congratulations also por your pulling out of Paris, it was the right thing to do. Now, a few days to decompress in order to arrive to Shangai in the best possible shape, both p
10/30/2006 | 03:02 PM
congratulations roger! you're really.truly an amazing player..
10/30/2006 | 03:02 PM
Congratulations, excellent performance!

Also, it was a very smart decision to pull out of the Paris Masters. You're pretty fed up and tired, and a "bad" result there might affect your Masters Cup performance, and that one is to be the crown of another