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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 | 02:58 PM
Dear Roger

I am so relieved that you decided not to play in Paris. You are a true professional. Get some rest now and get ready for Shanghai.

Always remember that the Lord knows best.

Take good care of yourself,

Sincerely,

Your 'Aunty Pat
10/30/2006 | 02:52 PM
Sorry Rog, I didnt know you have withdrawn from Paris. Oh well you deserve a rest in time for the Masters. You have had a great few weeks.
10/30/2006 | 02:51 PM
Congrats Roger!

You have done it again. I hope you can keep it up in Paris. I think its a forgone conclusion that you will in Paris. All the other big names are out with illness or injury.

I just love to see you win.

xxx
10/30/2006 | 02:43 PM
Just heard you are not gonna be in Paris!!
Good choice, gives you the chance to rest and take some time for yourself .....
love you
Kitty
10/30/2006 | 02:35 PM
You did it!!!!! Congratulation, roger.
You played a fantastic strong match and i really enjoyed every minute of it!!!!
I am very happy for you, you deserve this title.
Now your of to paris, i wish you all the luck there.I'm sure gonna miss you.........
10/30/2006 | 02:33 PM
Fantastic..you're the best in the world.. I hope you could reach the 8000 points!
10/30/2006 | 02:31 PM
I love you...
Roger, you are simply the greatest...
the warmest congratulations to you, it was tremendously gorgeous...
so I expect you to make 13 titles this year,won't you?
10/30/2006 | 02:29 PM
Hi to the fans,

Just thought i would tell you all that our roger has pulled out of paris due to tiredness so now he can get a full two weeks of to get back in shape and rest those's legs of his ready for shanghi.

It's the right thing to do i think l
10/30/2006 | 02:24 PM
I was so delighted when I read the news. At long last

Love you Roger

Linda (Luton-UK)
10/30/2006 | 02:06 PM
Roger
Congratulation on winning in your own home!
I thought so, everybody will.

and the most important thing is,
your dreams came true!


*alberta*