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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 | 12:31 PM
Fantastic job Roger. Keep rolling them in!!

Cheers.
10/30/2006 | 12:26 PM
SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIEXPIALIDOCIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just unbelievable, but it was your destiny.... :)

Herzliche Gratulation! Glad to see you play there on Friday and Saturday, too bad i missed the final
10/30/2006 | 12:24 PM
mr. federer: how does a genius remain so focused, yet so balanced? indeed, today's winning of the basel trophy is a lifetime achievement, so very well done!

it's awesome that you show so much consideration for your fans & for the welfare of the sport,
10/30/2006 | 12:18 PM
Congratulations Rogi!!!!!!!!
I know how much this title means to you, it's really a dream come true!!! I hope you will win it again many more times in the years to come!
Take a rest now until Paris...
All my love,
Lydia
10/30/2006 | 11:21 AM
Well done! Everything has been said already.We don't know how you keep going! Look after yourself and think of your holiday not so far away.best wishes, as always
10/30/2006 | 11:09 AM
well don roger ....
go east go west roger is the best...
you deserve it my hero and wish you very good lucks in the future...

love you
10/30/2006 | 11:07 AM
Congrats, Roger! Glad you did it since it means so much to you. Stay well and happy always.
10/30/2006 | 11:03 AM
It must have been a very special moment...I am very pleased and happy for you...enjoy your celebrations Roger

xoxoxo
10/30/2006 | 11:01 AM
and

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING OUR LIVES MORE BEAUTIFUL AND SO JOYFUL....


Thank you so so so muchhhhh,Roger!!!!!!



Iqra!
10/30/2006 | 10:57 AM
Dear Roger,

MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS..

Its one of the most contented day for me....I am just so delighted to see that your dream has become alive.Finally you won your home title which you always have dreamt to win...I can definitely imagine that ho