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Superb Roger sweeps Masters Title

19.11.2006 | Tennis

Roger has rounded off his terrific year, dominating the men’s tennis circuit to win the Tennis Masters Cup. He overwhelmed James Blake, claiming his third title 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's championship match. Roger wrapped it all up in just 1 hour and 37 minutes.

 

"It's quite incredible to finish off by winning the Masters Cup, the world championship so to speak," Roger said. "It's obviously a perfect end to an incredible season. I had to laugh at one stage I was playing so well, everything I tried today worked."

 

Blake quickly discovered that the all-or-nothing approach that worked earlier in the tournament did not unsettle Roger, who had progressed to the final with a straight sets semifinal win over his 2006 nemesis, Nadal. It took Blake a full 34 minutes to get on the scoreboard, finally holding serve in the second game of the second set — and even then he had to save two breakpoints. By the third set, even Blake was applauding some of Roger’s winners.

 

"There's nothing I could have done, he was too good," said Blake. "I've run out of adjectives to describe him on court. Just more evidence that he's the best of all time."

 

The victory was Roger’s 29th consecutive win, improving him to 92-5 for the year and to 22-2 at the Masters Cup. His only Masters Cup loss since the start of the 2003 tournament was in last year's final.

 
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11/20/2006 | 12:26 PM
Bit late ... but the sentiments are just as heartfelt. I had no doubts after you beat Nadal that you would win your 3rd Masters Cup no matter who you played in the final. Thanks so much for all the marvellous moments you've given to everyone 2006 - you
11/20/2006 | 12:13 PM
Man, that was an awesome performance. The level of tennis you were playing at was truly amazing.

There was one particular shot, when you were under pressure and yet produced a a back hand half drive volley from the baseline for a winner. Wow!

12 ti
11/20/2006 | 12:12 PM
already had this many congratulations??!! i'm coming, i'm coming. ROGI, happy u did what u want in the whole season, keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/20/2006 | 11:53 AM
It is pure delight to watch you play tennis, Roger! I follow your every match and congratulate you on an amazing year. Enjoy the moment, and have a restful and happy holiday! jlh
11/20/2006 | 11:46 AM
Congratulations !!!!!!
It's very a great year end for you
and I hope next year will be it's time to Roger Slams

Cheers Up
11/20/2006 | 11:21 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! you really are FANTASTIC!!!!
11/20/2006 | 11:17 AM
Congratulations, you are the Master, I am proud to be a fan. Have a good rest Champ. Happy Christmas too you and Mirka, your parents, Tony Roche and your team. See you next year. Good Health.
11/20/2006 | 11:11 AM
Congratulations Roger!
Thank you for the way you play, you bring indescribable joy to myself when i watch you play.Definetely something special.Best wishes to you and your family.Enjoy your break, see you in 07.
Regards
VC
11/20/2006 | 11:10 AM
....not a surprise 4 me at all!....
11/20/2006 | 10:54 AM
ROGER YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!
YOUR TENNIS IS WONDERFUL!
Thanks