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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 | 01:44 PM
It was very exciting to see you win in Basel - I'm so happy for you. Many congratulations. We so enjoyed coming to the tournament and being in Basel, also.

Very good luck for Paris and Shanghai.

Susanna.
10/30/2006 | 01:42 PM
It was very exciting to see you win in Basel - I'm so happy for you. We so enjoyed coming to the tournament and being in Basel, also.

Very good luck for Paris and Shanghai.

Susanna.
10/30/2006 | 01:37 PM
Hail! Hail!

Take a bow, Roger! Awesome stuff!!

Paris beckons! And we hope you continue your winning streak!!

Aneesh
10/30/2006 | 01:28 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, DEAR!!! I'M THINKING HOW CAN YOU PLAY SO MANY TOURNAMENTS! ONE FINISHED YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW YOU'RE PLAYING IN PARIS. WHAT ABOUT THE MASTER CUP? I PRAY GOD BLESS YOU IN THESE COMING TWO TOURNAMENTS. YOUR FAN SUZANA
10/30/2006 | 01:19 PM
that's unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!
the greatest man in the world
10/30/2006 | 01:14 PM
Roger, congratulations!!!!
But I'm kind of a bit worried for you. you are just having to many matches. I hope you won't go to paris. come on! come to China and enjoy a good good rest before the masters' cup. if you have time, you can go to guilin. guil
10/30/2006 | 01:07 PM
Congratulations Roger
Well done
Wish you all the best
10/30/2006 | 01:05 PM
Congratulations Roger
Well done
Wish you all the best
10/30/2006 | 12:42 PM
Good job, Emperor! You made me
burst into tears!
Congratulations. You've played
wonderfully.
It's such a plasure to watch you
playing on TV that I can't imagine
how would it be to see you in person!
I'm so happy for your victory in your
hometo
10/30/2006 | 12:37 PM
Legend !!